Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney on Tuesday discussed the dismissal of head coach Bruce Cassidy

and acknowledged that fans would be overwhelmed, but the team needed a "new direction".

The team announced on Monday that it had removed Cassidy from his position,

less than two years after Cassidy was named Coach of the Year in the National Hockey League.

"It was a very difficult decision yesterday. I met Bruce this afternoon - professionally and personally,"

Sweeney said. "Overall, it has been a difficult day, but I have to make a decision that I think is most important 

for where our team is now and how to proceed." Sweeney said he felt the necessary "message and voice" "needed a new direction."

After meeting with the team's owners and managers, Sweeney said he had made "a clear decision that (the team) needs change."

Sweeney said he felt the necessary "message and voice" "needed a new direction."