The New England Revolution have formally announced that they have parted ways with longtime General Manager Mike Burns.
The firing comes following a wave of supporter backlash with the Midnight Riders and Rebellion both calling for Burns’ immediate removal, personified through signs and chants that were prevalent in the team’s last match against the San Jose Earthquakes. With Mike Burns’ exit, the search for a new head coach as well as a new general manager, leaving Brian Bilello in charge of managerial operations for the foreseeable future. The former Revolution defender had been with the team for 14 years in the front office, and had been the sole target of fans’ anger, over his egregious ineptitude at the head of the organization. The move comes amidst a sea of personnel changes, with Brad Friedel being fired last week, and being replaced with interim head coach Mike Lapper.
Now that I’ve gotten the formal portion of this article out of the way…
THANK GOD ALMIGHTY HE’S FINALLY GONE!
Burns’ early days at the helm of the front office saw improvement, as he turned a middle of the pack Revs team into a contender, early on in the 2010s, with the team’s 2014 MLS Cup run easily the peak of his Revolution teams. However, following their cup appearance, the team began a downward spiral, losing to D.C. United in the first round of the playoffs in 2015, Jermaine Jones departing in the offseason, and failing to make the playoffs over the next three seasons.
With Mike Burns out of office, I personally believe that this team has a golden opportunity to create a brand new identity, and with momentum following excellent fan support at Saturday’s match, and the buildup to the Revs playing Chelsea on Wednesday, now is a perfect time for the squad to show MLS what had been holding them back, in Mike Burns. The chance now to really improve their image across the world football landscape is crucial, after reports surfaced that Standard Liege had agreed financially to a 4.5 Million Euro transfer for Paul-Jose M’Poku to join the Revs, until M’Poku himself refused to accept the transfer, as he did not want to join New England based on the general opinion on the team.
I know this is just text on a screen, but I can barely contain my excitement, as the future becomes that much more brighter with Mike Burns gone from 1 Patriot Place. With the Summer Transfer Window closing in, it will be interesting to see how the team handles trying to rebound from the disaster that was this last window.
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