Revolution Re-Sign Coach Nicol
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FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) _ Steve Nicol, who as interim coach led the New England Revolution to Major League Soccer’s championship game, was given the job on a permanent basis Wednesday.
Nicol agreed to a two-year deal with the Revolution, which hired former assistant Renato Capobianco as director of soccer.
New England, which had four coaches in its first six seasons, fired Fernando Clavijo on May 23 and promoted Nicol, his assistant. Just 2-4-1 at the time, the Revolution went on to make the playoffs for the second time in franchise history.
The team went 10-11-1 under Nicol, losing just twice in its last 13 games. Nicol was 2-0 as the Revolution’s interim coach for the last two games of the 1999 season.
Nicol was voted the MLS coach of the year over the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Sigi Schmid and Mike Jeffries of the Dallas Burn.
Nicol, 40, was a player-coach for the Boston Bulldogs of the A League from 1999 to 2001 and joined Clavijo’s staff last Jan. 10.
From 1981 through 1995, Nicol made 467 appearances for Liverpool. He also had 27 appearances for Scotland’s national team, starting at the 1986 World Cup.