By Kevin Koczwara
The New England Revolution announced today that it was parting ways with manager Steve Nicol. Nicol leaves the club as the longest tenured coach at one club in Major League Soccer history — the Scot spent 10 years at the helm of the team.
Nicol lead the Revs to four MLS Cup appearances ( 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007) and missed the playoffs just twice in his 10 seasons — the last two seasons, 2010, 2011. The Revolution went 112-108-81 under the former Liverpool defender. He also led the team to its first-ever cup championship, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup and the SuperLiga 2008 crown, making the Revs the only MLS team to win the tournament.
Nicol’s first stint in charge of the Revolution came at the end of the 1999 season when he was made interim head coach for three games. The Revolution hired Nicol as an assistant coach at the start of the 2002 season and after just seven games Nicol was promoted to interim head coach. He closed out the 2002 season by winning MLS coach of the year honors after leading the team to MLS Cup. Nicol’s success in 2002 at the helm of the Revolution convinced New England to hire him as the full-time manager at the conclusion of the season.
According to the press release from the Revolution, Investor/Operators Robert and Jonathan Kraft met with Nicol today and they decided it was time to part ways and that the team will, “begin the search of a new head coach immediately.”
From the New England Revolution Press Release
- “Robert and I met with Stevie today and we had a productive discussion about this past season and the direction the club needs to go in the future,” said Jonathan Kraft. “We all agreed a change of direction was needed to reverse the trend of the past couple of years. Stevie was a successful head coach and a tremendous ambassador for the Revolution for the past decade and set a high standard for success, leading us to four conference titles in six years. We thank him for all of his contributions.”
- “I’m very thankful to the Krafts for giving me the opportunity to be their head coach,” Nicol said. “I’ve had some great times and been involved with some great players and great people. My family will always remain part of the Kraft family.”