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Revolution president explains why Heaps was retained as head coach

Brian Bilello touted Jay Heaps' accomplishments during an AMA session.

Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Jay Heaps will remain in charge of the New England Revolution, a decision that was met with mixed reviews from supporters. Club president Brian Bilello defending the move during a recent Ask Me Anything session, saying Heaps has accomplished a lot during his time as head coach.

"Since taking over the head coaching position, Jay had done a great job at building a competitive team that our fans have enjoyed watching, most notably with the trip to MLS Cup and multiple playoff appearances," Bilello said. "This year was a tough one for all of us but we felt Jay earned the right to coach the team in 2017."

Heaps became head coach in 2011, replacing long-time gaffer Stevie Nicol. After a disappointing first season, Heaps guided the Revs to three straight playoff berths, including an MLS Cup appearance in 2014.

Although they made the US Open Cup Final in 2016, the Revs failed to qualify for the post-season. It's a misstep that Bilello, Heaps, and the rest of the organization hope to remedy next year.

"All of us, Jay included, recognize that we need to be better than the past 2 seasons," Bilello said.