Collison joined Atlanta United in August 2019 after a professional playing career that included appearances for West Ham, Bournemouth, Wigan and Peterborough United. Collison was best known for his play at West Ham, where he made 121 appearances and scored 14 goals from 2007-14. He made 17 appearances for the Wales national team.
Collison is the fourth manager in Atlanta United 2′s history. His coaching resume includes working in the academies at Peterborough from 2015-17, and West Ham.
Managing Atlanta United 2 requires a personality that understands that player development, and not the win-loss record, is the most important aspect of the job, president Darren Eales said last week.
Collison will be assisted by Omar Jarun on an interim basis. Jarun managed the academy’s U13 team. Henry Apaloo, who assisted Annan, resigned to pursue another opportunity.