Memphis 901 FC won but twice in a dozen games under Tim Mulqueen. (Photo courtesy of Memphis 901 FC)

Tim Howard might be good friends with Tim Mulqueen, but that doesn’t mean that won’t necessarily survive through some thin times at Memphis 901 FC.

Mulqueen was fired as coach of the USL Championship club Tuesday after a 2-6-4 start to the season; Memphis is in fourth and last place in Group G. Howard is the team’s sporting director.

Assistant coach Ben Pirmann was named interim head coach.

Mulqueen and Howard go back a quarter of a century with the former coaching him through youth soccer and the North Jersey Imperials in the U.S. Interregional Soccer League. They have remained friends for years.

“Mulch’s belief and hard work never wavered as he took on the task of leading 901 FC from its inception. We are proud that he will always be the first head coach in our franchise’s history,” Howard said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the results have fallen short of our expectations. I wish Mulch nothing but the very best in his future coaching endeavors. The club will quickly move forward in conducting an international search for our next head coach.”

Mulqueen was named the head coach Aug. 15, 2018, prior to the team’s launch in the spring of 2019. Under Mulqueen, 901 FC registered a 11-24-11 mark.

“Tim was the first coach in 901 FC history and we are incredibly grateful for his countless hours and dedication to the club,” principal owner Peter B. Freund said in a statement. “That said, our goal from day one has been to build a winning culture and compete for a USL Championship and so far we have fallen short.”

Pirmann joined 901 FC Dec. 13, 2018, after spending six seasons as the head coach of Detroit City FC and eight seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan State University.