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Revs part ways with head coach Steve Nicol

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  October 24, 2011 04:37 PM

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The New England Revolution announced today that the club has mutually parted ways with head coach Steve Nicol.

Nicol, who was with the Revs for the last 10 years, compiled a 112-108-81 record for New England. This year, the Revolution were 5-16-13, finishing in last place of the MLS Eastern Conference with 28 points. The season was punctuated with a number of last-minute losses, ties and injuries.

"Robert and I met with Stevie today and we had a productive discussion about this past season and the direction the club needs to go in the future," said Jonathan Kraft in a statement. "We all agreed a change of direction was needed to reverse the trend of the past couple of years. Stevie was a successful head coach and a tremendous ambassador for the Revolution for the past decade and set a high standard for success, leading us to four conference titles in six years. We thank him for all of his contributions."

Under Nicol's stewardship, the Revs went to six straight Eastern Conference Championships and four MLS Cups.

"I'm very thankful to the Krafts for giving me the opportunity to be their head coach," Nicol said in a statement. "I've had some great times and been involved with some great players and great people. My family will always remain part of the Kraft family."

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