Bruce Arena named Revs’ head coach and sporting director, rebuild to begin in earnest

As expected since 8 p.m. Monday evening, the Revolution have named legendary American soccer coach Bruce Arena as the eighth head coach in club history, as well as the club’s new sporting director.

The club made the announcement first thing Tuesday morning, some 14 hours after announcing that longtime general manager Michael Burns had been sacked from his position, and five days after firing manager Brad Friedel.

Arena will be introduced to the Boston soccer press corps in a Thursday morning press conference at Gillette Stadium, some 12 hours after the Final Whistle on Hate friendly with Chelsea FC.

“Bruce is one of the most successful coaches in American soccer history, and we feel his commitment to excellence, track record of winning championships in Major League Soccer, as well as his success at the international level, makes him the best person to bring the Revolution back to MLS Cup contention," Revolution Investor/Operator Robert Kraft said in a statement. "We have known Bruce dating back to the advent of MLS, and we have full confidence that he will raise the level of our club to the standard we all expect and demand.”

According to the release, the 67-year-old Arena, a Long Island native, will begin his duties as sporting director at once. The club’s technical staff — including interim head coach Mike Lapper and recently hired goalkeeper coach Kevin Hitchcock — will remain in place for the time being, as the start date for Arena as manager has yet to be determined.

BSJ Analysis

Back in 1973 — I know, a very long time ago — British singer David Essex asked a very important question (and did so in C# minor): “And where do we go from here? Which is the way that’s clear?”

And on this dreary Tuesday morning, we’ve got our answer.