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Revolution Looking Forward After Tumultuous Week
“We just want to be together now with Clint [Peay], and keep moving forward.”
The New England Revolution are ready to look forward after a tumultuous week.
On Saturday, Bruce Arena resigned from his role as head coach and sporting director in a statement released after the Revs’ 1-1 draw with Minnesota United.
The club then held a series of internal meetings on Tuesday to discuss the state of the team.
“There were many things to explain and to talk about,” Carles Gil told media on Thursday. “We are many people, it’s not just one person or one player. It’s 30 players, or 25. So, we just wanted to state everyone’s opinion and try to find, obviously, a way to continue together, so that’s why it was taking longer.”
On Tuesday night, Richie Williams’ tenure as interim head coach came to an end. The club also announced that they had parted ways with assistant coaches Shalrie Joseph and Dave van ben Bergh.
When asked if any Revolution players refused to play for Williams, Gil said, “No, we are professionals, like I said. We are the players, and it’s clear in our contract we need to play, to make it as best as possible, and this kind of decision is not on us. It's on another person here in the club.”
In a four-day span, the Revs lost four long-time members of its coaching staff. As you can imagine, this evoked some emotion.
“We spent many times with this staff during four or five years, so it's not just a coach for us,” Gil said. “Like I said, we did spend many, many moments with them, so it's not a good moment for anyone. Obviously, we are not happy when that type of thing happens.”
Clint Peay will now lead the team. He will be supported by his former assistant coach at Revolution II Marco Santos.
With a new coaching staff in place and a game on the horizon, the Revs are ready to move on and finish the season strong.
“We just want to be together now with Clint [Peay], and keep moving forward,” Gil remarked.