New England Revolution coach Bruce Arena resigned Saturday evening, six weeks after MLS placed him on administrative leave amid “allegations that he made insensitive and inappropriate comments.”
Arena, who was hired by New England in May 2019, was placed on leave on August 1, but MLS did not comment on the allegations.
“The investigation has been a tough and difficult process for me and my family, but hearing from so many people who have been involved in my career has been really gratifying and helped make this decision easier,” he said in a statement released by the newspaper team. “I know I have made some mistakes and going forward I will spend some time reflecting on this situation and taking corrective action to address what happened. And while this was not an easy decision, I am confident that it is in the best interest of both the New England Revolution organization and my family that we part ways at this time.”
The 71-year-old former U.S. men’s national team coach led the Revolution to 60 wins, 31 losses and 42 draws. New England said interim coach Richie Williams, who was Arena’s assistant for many years, would remain in that role. Arena also served as the team’s athletic director and Curt Onalfo will continue in his interim role there.
Arena won five MLS Cups during his 14-year tenure as MLS coach. He led DC United to titles in 1996 and 1997 and led the LA Galaxy to championships in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He also coached the New York Red Bulls.
The Revolution have reached the finals five times but have never won the MLS Cup.
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