The New England Revolution have undergone major changes in their coaching staff and front office over the past several weeks, with some questions remaining unanswered.
What exactly did now-former head coach and sporting director Bruce Arena say or do to set off this entire chain of events in the first place? What exactly was former interim head coach Richie Williams’ role in the whole thing? Are the changes done, or are more coming?
But for now, the dust is settling on what’s been a tumultuous month-plus for the Revs, all stemming from an incident (or incidents) that the details of which remain curiously under wraps. At the moment, the most important detail is that Arena is out as the club’s head coach and sporting director. Clint Peay taking over as interim head coach, while Williams, who was previously the interim head coach in Arena’s absence, appears to be out.
Here’s a brief timeline of events that have taken place within the New England Revolution since the start of August, leading up to the most recent moves in the organization…
August 1: Bruce Arena under investigation
The Revs released a statement on Tuesday, Aug. 1 announcing that Arena was being placed on administrative leave, due to an ongoing investigation by Major League Soccer into “allegations of insensitive and inappropriate remarks.” Here’s the statement in full:
“The New England Revolution organization has placed Coach Arena on administrative leave as a result of an ongoing investigation being conducted by Major League Soccer into allegations of insensitive and inappropriate remarks. The organization takes any allegations of workplace misconduct extremely seriously and is working closely with the League and fully cooperating with its investigation.”