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Arena steps into coaching duties after taking time to evaluate Revs’ inner workings

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – At his introductory press conference two weeks ago, Bruce Arena made it clear that he would take a gradual approach to his duties as New England Revolution head coach.

Arena felt that first he needed to focus on his role as sporting director. That included high-level conversations with club executives, meetings with staff members whom he’d be working with on a daily basis, and an opportunity to generally evaluate the inner workings of the organization.

The past two weeks, then, have been something of a crash course on the club and its operations, and while Arena now feels he has a better sense of the task ahead, he also admits that there will still be plenty to learn in the weeks and months to come.