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New England Revolution firing Mike Burns was a long time coming | Pro Soccer USA

  • Supporters, media and player agents had been pressuring Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft, as well as team president Brian Bilello, to part with Burns for years, though calls to shake up the front office hit new levels when Friedel was fired last week.
  • In calling out the club’s ownership, these leading media members shed their impartiality and hit on the same themes Revolution supporters have harped on for years: that the Krafts have complacently run their team, which has only reached the playoffs three times in the last nine years; that Burns remained in a position of power despite a controversial reputation as a needlessly tough negotiator and poor roster builder; and that New England could not survive in modern-day MLS due to bleak prospects for a soccer-specific stadium and questionable talent acquisition practices.
  • Player agent Ron Waxman, whose clients include U.S. men’s national team captain Michael Bradley and former Revolution midfielder Shalrie Joseph,¬†publicly blasted Burns for his negotiating tactics and job performance.
  • At least two former Revolution players and one current told Pro Soccer USA they were frustrated by hardball negotiating tactics and a reluctance to accommodate trade requests.
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