Under grilling, Michael Burns defiant, will remain as Revolutions’ GM

FOXBOROUGH — Longtime Revolution general manager Michael Burns was defiant Friday morning, side-stepping questions about his tenure and affirming that he will be involved in the process to find the Original Ten club’s eighth head coach.

In a seven-minute press conference outside the Revolution locker room, Burns deflected's questions regarding his status as GM, a position he has held since 2011, and gave evasive answers regarding the end of the Primary Transfer Window, which saw New England lose out on its designated player target.

In other words, he’s not going anywhere.

“I guess to answer that question, Sean, I’ve been part of this club for a long time,” Burns said when BSJ asked if he felt that he should have the chance to pick his third head coach in nine seasons, given the amount of mediocrity the club has seen in his tenure and if he felt he should remain the GM, “and whether I was a player, or whether I worked in the front office or any job that I’ve ever had, I’ve never talked publicly about my own employment status, and I won’t be starting today.”

His comments come less than 24 hours after the club fired Brad Friedel, who held the head coaching job for 18 months before he was sacked. His assistant coach, Mike Lapper, took over on an interim basis effective immediately.

Burns noted he would like to like to have a new coach in place as soon as possible.

“Without obviously rushing anything,” he said. “Ownership will be involved, Brian (Bilello) will be involved, and I will be involved.”

In addition, Burns noted that the decision to fire Friedel came