FOXBORO Steve Nicol, the longest-tenured coach in Major League Soccer history, is leaving the New England Revolution.
Nicol met Monday with Robert and Jonathan Kraft, the Revs' InvestorOperators, and the sides released a statement afterwards saying they had mutually decided to part ways.
Nicol coached New England for 10 seasons, a league record for tenure with a single club, and posted a career record of 112-108-81. He ranks second in Major League Soccer in overall career games coached (301) and fourth in wins.
The Revolution missed the playoffs in each of the last two seasons, posting records of 9-16-5 and 5-16-13.
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. 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.
Nicol took the Revolution to six successive MLS Eastern Conference Championship matches from 2002 through 2007, and advanced to the MLS Cup four times: 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007. While the team never won the MLS Cup, he led the team to its first-ever cup championship, the 2007 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, as well as the SuperLiga 2008 crown to become the only MLS team to win the tournament.
Im very thankful to the Krafts for giving me the opportunity to be their head coach, Nicol said. Ive had some great times and been involved with some great players and great people. My family will always remain part of the Kraft family.
After a three-game stint as the interim head coach of the Revs to close the 1999 season, Nicol was hired as an assistant coach at the start of the 2002 season. Seven games into the 2002 season, Nicol was promoted to interim head coach again and closed out the season by winning MLS coach of the year honors after leading the team to MLS Cup. He was hired full-time at the conclusion of the season and has been on the Revolution bench since.
The Revs say the search for a new coach will begin immediately.