Soccer by Ives, Goal.com, and Four Four Two are all reporting (and Goal.com has confirmation from the club) that the New England Revolution have “parted ways” with long time head coach Jay Heaps.
A disappointing season capped by what seemed to be a complete lack of match discipline on the part of some Revolution players has brought Heaps’ career to a close at Gillette Stadium and, while it was the right move, it will be meaningless if there are not other changes in it’s wake.
Namely, general manager Mike Burns (and probably team president Brian Bilello) should be shown the door as well for they, along with Heaps, are the ones who, especially over the last 2-3 seasons, have brought in a bunch of hot-heads (Jermaine Jones, Gershon Koffie, Xavier Kouassi, Je-Vaughn Watson, and now Kirsztian Nemeth) who can’t behave professionally enough to stay on the field on a regular basis.
The Kraft Family, which was so instrumental in launching MLS and helping it through it’s lengthy growing pains also need to take a hard look at themselves and maybe realize that “benign neglect” isn’t a good strategy for running a franchise. If there were only some other, successful team nearby that they could look to for examples of what to do…
I wanted Heaps to get this job and he has had his moments, but I think, in the end, he could not temper his own fiery nature enough to prevent it from spilling over to many of his players. The players bare as much- or more- responsibility for their actions than he does, but as the saying goes, “you can’t fire the players.”