MAJOR League Soccer’s longest serving head coach, Steve Nicol has departed the New England Revolution after ten years at the Massachusetts-based outfit.
The former Liverpool star ended a ten-year association with the Revolution after he and the club parted ways this week, following the Revs failure to qualify for the play-offs for a second successive year.
The break up between Nicol and the New England Revolution has been declared by both parties as mutual one, although relations between the two would’ve have surely been soured as the Revolution slowly stagnated into mediocrity.
New England finished bottom in this season’s Eastern conference, with an 18 point gulf between them and their closest wild-card placing, in a major statement of underachievement.
Nicol however did come desperately close to winning Major League Soccer’s biggest prize, coming within touching distance of landing the MLS Cup. But the Revs unable to overcome the final hurdle and were losing finalists in each of their four visits to the MLS final, which included a run of three defeats in row from 2005-2007.
There were some highlights under the stewardship of the 49-year-old Scot, who was originally appointed on a temporary basis back in 2002, as New England qualified for the Eastern conference final consecutively between 2002 and 2007, in an era where they won side’s only silverware – the U.S Open Cup in 2007 and the SuperLiga (a tournament exclusive to American and Mexican sides) a year later.
Although the most successful coach in New England’s short history, a strong sense of unfulfillment overhangs Steve Nicol’s tenure at the Gillette Stadium, as the Revolution rightly decide to move on.