Written by Patrick Echatah
As a result of the impact from Bruce Arena’s departure as coach and sports director, New England Revolution players chose not to train on Tuesday.
Arena was placed on administrative leave on August 1 as he was the subject of an MLS-commissioned inquiry into claims of making “inappropriate and insensitive” remarks. He resigned on Saturday following the Revolution’s 1-1 draw with Minnesota United. In a statement released on Saturday, MLS stated that the inquiry had “confirmed” several claims but did not provide any details.
The Revolution’s players and staff were informed via email by team president Brian Bilello on Monday afternoon that there would be a necessary meeting early on Tuesday morning, before the team was set to practice. I’ll be explaining what happened at the club and providing this group an opportunity to ask questions, Bilello stated.
At the meeting, which started at 8:40 a.m., Bilello spoke with the players for around an hour. The probe that resulted in Arena’s departure was the subject of player demands for additional details. According to numerous team sources who, like others in this piece, sought anonymity in order to protect their employment, players who were dissatisfied with their time with Bilello requested and were given time with the entire coaching staff.
Shalrie Joseph and Dave van den Bergh, according to club sources, have missed training sessions numerous times since Williams took over as interim head coach. New England Revolution officials chose not to comment.
Clint Peay was appointed as the Revolution’s interim head coach later on Tuesday. The New England Revolution II, the Revs’ reserve team that competes in MLS Next Pro, had Peay as their head coach.
John Herdman has been officially named the new coach of MLS based club Toronto FC. Starting on October 1st, the 48-year-old will take over as Toronto FC’s next head coach in the MLS.
Herdman became the coach of Canada in January 2018 before leading the North American giants to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, their first appearance in 36 years.
“I’m keen to start this new opportunity with Toronto FC,” he said. “It’s the right time for a new challenge.” Toronto fired former head coach Bob Bradley in June and are currently towards the bottom of the MLS standings.
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