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Charlie Davies takes a shot at former Revs GM Michael Burns

Davies says that Burns gave players “the worst contracts.”

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Charlie Davies is optimistic about the New England Revolution’s future and that’s partly because Michael Burns is no longer general manager.

On Monday’s episode of Extratime, Davies defended the current state of the Revs, saying they’ve come a long way since the beginning of the season. Here’s the full transcript of what he said:

If you’re a Revolution fan, you are just overjoyed that the team went from bottom of the Eastern Conference, bottom of the league in goal differential. You lost a GM who couldn’t sign a player, who gave the worst contracts to players. And now you have Bruce Arena, brought in. Excitement is there. He turns it around. He brings in Gustavo Bou, who has been a sensational signing. And now they’re flying. Just to get into the playoffs is a win. He just wanted them to be competitive, this New England Revolution team. Now they’re making the playoffs, if things go well. That’s a win. That’s a win for this franchise.

Of course the most interesting part of the quote is the shot Davies took at Burns, who was a member of the Revolution front office from 2005-2019. During his tenure, Burns served as the club’s director of soccer, vice president of player personnel and general manager.

Burns received a lot of criticism during his time with the Revs, so hearing something like this isn’t unexpected. That said, it’s a bit surprising to hear a current Revs employee speak poorly about Burns. Davies played for the Revs from 2013-2016 and is currently the club’s ambassador. The two didn’t have any well-known disputes.