Jeff Plush of the Colorado Rapids reportedly said when the coaching search began after firing Gary Smith that the Rapids were going to be looking inside the league for their new coach. Their best chance to get a guy from in the league was lost when former New England Revolution skipper Steve Nicol reportedly turned down a chance to interview with Colorado.
Nicol was the longest tenured coach in Major League Soccer by the time he was let go after missing the playoffs this season for the second consecutive year. Nicol made four MLS Cup finals during his time in New England as well as an Open Cup final, winning only the Open Cup out of those trophy opportunities. The connection made some sense, as former Revs Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson are both high on the depth chart for Colorado.
Nicol was likely turned off - as we assume many, many coaching candidates will be - by the terrible treatment of former coach Gary Smith by the current front office, the lack of cohesive ownership and the short funding that a new Rapids manager would receive. After dealing with that in New England, I don't blame Nicol for wanting to avoid it a mile higher.