Bruce Arena could be coming to the New England Revolution, according to ESPN broadcaster Taylor Twellman.
The Revs have had a busy week, as they’ve made two big changes. The first came on Thursday when they fired head coach Brad Friedel. Four days later General Manager Michael Burns was given his marching orders.
The club named Mike Lapper as their interim head coach, but didn’t name a replacement for the General Manager position. Club President Brian Bilello did hint that news is on the way.
“We expect to make an announcement related to leadership of the soccer organization in the coming days,” Bilello said in the team’s press release.
One name being thrown around is former USMNT head coach Bruce Arena. Twellman noted that he believes that Arena will be “named in at least one capacity if not BOTH capacities of GM/Coach.”
Fully expect Bruce Arena to be named in at least one capacity if not BOTH capacities of GM/Coach for #NERevs this week. Stay tuned. #MLS— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) May 13, 2019
Several prominent names in the soccer world have come forth to support the idea of Arena joining the Revolution. Mike Magee likes the idea of Arena serving as General Manager with Pat Noonan being the head coach. Herculez Gomez believes that adding Arena is a “move that made sense.”
Dear @NERevolution— Mike Magee (@magee18) May 13, 2019
Hire Bruce Arena as the boss of everything and Pat Noonan as the head coach. He doesn’t have an accent but he’s ready. You’re welcome.
(Drink Sneaky Fox Vodka please)
People hate Bruce, and some of that may be warranted. But this could be the first time @NERevolution have actually made a move that made sense..— herculez gomez (@herculezg) May 14, 2019
Of note: They need him just as bad as he needs this opportunity. #NERevs
Arena has been without a job since 2017 when he resigned as the coach of the US Men’s National Team. Before that he served as the General Manager and coach of the L.A. Galaxy. Here, he won three MLS Cups (2011, 2012, and 2014) and two MLS Supporters’ Shields (2010 and 2011).