MLS side New England Revolution have named former Tottenham and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel as their new head coach.
New England have been without a head coach since Jay Heaps was sacked in September with the Revolution struggling near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Former United States U19 coach Friedel has agreed to take over the club ahead of the 2018 season in what will be his first professional head coaching job.
“My staff and I are delighted and honoured to have been hired by the New England Revolution,” said Friedel, who made 668 senior appearances in his professional career.
“I can guarantee that we, the staff and players, will give 100 percent commitment to the club and our fans while looking forward to all the challenges ahead. We can’t wait to get started right away building this club for the 2018 season.”
Revolution owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft confirmed Friedel’s appointment in a statement on Thursday.
“Brad has been a leader throughout his illustrious career and is regarded as one of the most successful players in U.S. history with experiences spanning multiple continents, leagues, and levels of competition,” said Kraft.
“We believe his playing and coaching experiences along with his commitment to compete at the highest level will allow him to be very successful in our league.
“His knowledge of the game, passion for winning, and experience working with players whose talents range from aspiring young players to the game’s most successful professionals will be great assets for the Revolution.”