Just five days prior to their season-opener against the Vancouver Whitecaps, New York Red Bulls find themselves without a General Manager.

Jermore de Bontin today resigned from his position at the NYC franchise, according to the team.

De Bontin announced the decision in a statement released earlier today:

"My assignment upon becoming general manager of the Red Bulls was to help the club further increase its relevance in the tri-state area.

"We wanted to improve our performance both on and off the field so that our loyal fans as well as new dans would have a club that lived up to their expectations as the best club in the MLS.

"I wish the club and staff success in the upcoming season and the future," he wrote.

Reports suggest that de Bontin stepped down from his position as GM for personal reasons.

He had been in the role since October 2012 and was largely concerned with business operations during his time with the franchise.

The New York Red Bulls achieved success with de Bontin as GM, winning the Supporters' Shield last season and thanked the 56-year old, Paris born administrator for his service to the club before wishing him and his family well in the future.

He had previously held roles at Monaco AS Monaco prior to his employment by the MLS team.

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