Former Real Salt Lake defender Tony Beltran will start working as the assistant general manager for the club, owner Dell Loy Hansen announced Tuesday during an interview on 700 AM.
Hansen also announced that the organization has “identified” the people he wants to hire as head coach and general manager. He said the process should conclude in the first week of December.
Hansen added that an organizational announcement will come Wednesday, but did not specify what that will be.
Beltran has been with RSL for his entire career, and announced his retirement in September due to a chronic knee issue. He is still technically on a player contract, but will transition to his new role at the beginning of 2020, Hansen said.
Beltran, just days after his retirement announcement, told The Salt Lake Tribune that whatever his next step was, he wanted to be passionate about it.
He also wasn’t sure if he would stay in soccer. If he did, he had already crossed off becoming a player agent or a coach. But he hadn’t ruled out a possible position in the front office of a soccer organization.
“Something on the soccer operations side or front office — eventually being president, technical director, GM — sounds appealing to me,” Beltran said at the time.