Kevin Payne on his 'bittersweet ' departure from United
Wed, 28 Nov 2012|
CSN Washington dot com. Kevin after seventeen years that this club -- what was the impetus for this. Well I have a really exciting opportunity that I can't talk about right now that it'll be. Made it clear pretty shortly. But tied into that was really that where the club is right now I think it's and a great place of the team on the field is terrific the coaching -- wonderful. Dave -- still a great job. And off the field I think we're really good position as well. The new ownership is providing great stability in. I'm pretty comfortable where their stadium talks or -- those are moving forward so it seemed like a good time. For the club it definitely seem like a good time for me. And this was entirely my decision so it's a very positive thing. It's still very bittersweet but. I'm excited about next challenge. Yeah it's actually you know it's more than seventeen years I started working on this in 1994. We actually -- the name of the team. About 72 and half years ago. In the summer of 1995 by you know I had my first meeting when Bruce Arena about coaching her team in the winter of 1995. John -- who talked on the phone this morning I agree that he was gonna come back -- an analyst from England in the spring of 1995 so. You know I have so many memories in. -- so proud of everything we've accomplished here. It's it's very emotional for -- met with the staff this morning -- I kind of fell apart a little bit. But you know life goes on change is a good thing. I really believe that and I think that this will be good for DC united and I really believed to be good for me and my -- well. -- first sign that it's in tandem and well. -- end and kinda thinking about it and talking about it when my wife for you know little little bit of time now. But this you know I was approached about this other opportunity. And that's what I really sort of think seriously about it you know. I never had pictured myself working any place else after this I always assume retire from here. But the more I thought about it the -- right. You know I am a historian and the more I realize that nothing is forever and that. That changes the natural order of things. And it is usually for the better so it just seemed to me to make a lot of sense and if I'm very comfortable where DC united is right now and and how it's gonna move forward now have a lot to do it might comfort level and -- and do something. But I think it's good for me and my failing. Many years here than in DC wanna change it and you know view it it will be I you know I really love this city. I always loved the idea of Washington DC. I'm unabashed Patriot. And so I love the idea of what what the city stands for and once I moved here I got to love the people. And the community itself and so all I'll miss that. On this of people that work here. There a wonderful group. That I feel like they're my extended family. My children. And and the fans. You know our very very special so. It's. You know it's a difficult time for me. But I have really nothing but good memories. It's. I can be comforted by that. Would you like your legacy to be here. I would like people to think that we created sports organization -- lived up to its mission statement of winning championships and serving the community. That we demonstrated that a team can be run with certain values in place both on and off the field and be successful. And that. You know sports and sports teams can be admirable. In the air approach to the community in there a sense of responsibility. You know I'd like people who think that and remember how pass and I was about that the game. And about this team and about the people associated with the and I hope that they you know will think that I. -- a winner here. I think just coming into work every. You know I really love my job. I love the players of the staff all of the coaching staff he would that. The staff in particular. You know it's such. It's such. Difficult job to do for these people you know most people in sports don't get paid very well. They tend to be very young within three and four to an apartment and they work incredibly hard. And there's so eager. Optimistic about life. And I'll miss that. You practice it and -- close it. -- You know I think Jason has a good handle on where that progress as we actually had a meeting today with the city. Jason -- that. I think there's a lot of will to get this done. And you know there's some things that you know in any any development project in the city there's always challenges. I'm so there's still some hurdles to be overcome but I don't think there hurdles of you know anybody's political will. It's really had -- actually do it so I feel pretty good about. Where that is I hope it's closer than it's ever been before I hope it's something that gets resolved. You know soon. CSN Washington dot com.