Twitter is the place for instant reactions, so it should come as no surprise that everyone had an opinion on the New England Revolution firing Brad Friedel. Here’s a rundown of what people are saying.
After leading the Revs to a 2-8-2 record to start the 2019 season, people predicted that this move was coming.
And Brad Friedel is the third head coach to get the axe, with the Revolution announcing his firing minutes ago.— Franco Panizo (@FrancoPanizo) May 9, 2019
Not surprising. It was crystal clear from the outside he had lost the locker room and they were not playing for him anymore. #NERevs #MLS
Seriously, watching the Revs tonight (for a half) and then looking at the stat lines ... it reminds me of Sigi's final match with SEA, that terrible afternoon in KC. Looks like team has quit— Steve Davis (@SteveDavis90) May 9, 2019
It's easy enough to say the Revs should release Brad Friedel, but the squad looks so lost you wonder if it even matters who #NERevs would hand the job to. Not sure the talent is there to move Revs up the table, but perhaps a coach w/more experience could squeeze more out of them— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) May 9, 2019
While many recognized that Friedel needed to go, there’s a sizable population who believe that his firing won’t solve all of the Revolution’s problems.
Friedel was a problem. No clear system, couldn't get players to respond, etc.— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) May 9, 2019
He wasn't THE problem. The Revs don't spend on roster, miss on most of their big signings and don't hold their execs accountable. They've had a bad product for years. No one cares, no one shows up. https://t.co/2hlrOzOC0c
ok Friedel is out at NE, but that roster has been a disaster for a few years now. Mike Burns??? GM’s can’t continue to hide behind head coaches. https://t.co/ADtUSizDtd— Stu Holden (@stuholden) May 9, 2019
I honestly believed that Brad Friedel would turn around the #NERevs . Not sure he was given what he was promised when he took over, but in the end, results matter. This doesn’t solve all their ills. Not by a long shot.— Rob Stone (@RobStoneONFOX) May 9, 2019
I'm no fan of Brad Friedel, but I do feel bad for him in this regard: Until the @NERevolution get a soccer-only stadium, they appear to have no interest in a major investment in talent. That said, the #NERevs had to do something. https://t.co/oAFUVE6flm— Doug Banks (@eDougBanks) May 9, 2019
Some people are already thinking of what will come next for the Revolution.
Truly, there is nobody more qualified. He turned a team around back in 2002 and led them to successful runs year after year. Honestly, I would give @SteveNicol61 the job right now. Old school becomes new school. https://t.co/ERx42CugNX— Alejandro Moreno (@AleMorenoESPN) May 9, 2019
Bruce Arena still has the stigma of the USMNT qualifying debacle around his name but he knows MLS and if anyone could make it work with the #NERevs its Arena. The question is are the Krafts ready to commit more to running the Revs? If not, I’m not sure anyone can succeed there.— Ives Galarcep (@SoccerByIves) May 9, 2019
Finally, many people close to Friedel spoke about Friedel’s personality when he was away from the field.
There's no question that change was necessary, but on a personal level, I do want to say this: Brad Friedel, from day one, treated everyone in our digital department with respect and like we were part of the team.— Jeff Lemieux (@jeff_lemieux) May 9, 2019
I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
Say what you want about Brad Friedel, he was class act off the field. #NERevs— Dave Cherubin (@DaveCherubin) May 9, 2019
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