- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On November 15, 2011
- 1 Comments
- Features, Jay Heaps
It didn’t take the New England Revolution that long to find a replacement for Steve Nicol. Today the club announced the hiring of former defender Jay Heaps as their next manager.
The 35-year old Heaps is just two years removed from playing for the Revolution, where he spent 11 seasons. He becomes the second youngest active head coach in the league (Ben Olsen is the youngest).
“I am thrilled to accept this position,” Heaps said. “Throughout my playing career and with my involvement with the team after I retired, I’ve made no secret about my commitment to the Revolution, and I’m honored to be entrusted with this responsibility as head coach. I’d like to thank the Kraft family, Brian Bilello and Mike Burns for believing in me, and in the vision I have for the club as we move ahead. We have a strong base to build on, but we also have a lot of work to do as we look ahead to 2012.”
One positive of this move is that Heaps knows the Revolution in and out. He spent 11 years with the club and the last two in the broadcast booth or as a club ambassador.
But it all will come down to how much money is actually put into helping Heaps make this club a winner again. Time will tell if this is a good move or not. I mentioned on Twitter earlier this morning that this move feels like a big gamble for the club. Heaps has no coaching experience, similar to others that have stepped up into the head coaching role around the league. It feels more like a gamble like when Real Salt Lake hired Jason Kreis.
Lucky for Heaps, I think the expectations have to be fairly low for him and the club next year so anything more than 30 points in the season should be deemed at least some progress.