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My Two Cents

My Two Cents

January 24, 2013
There are other coaching possibilities for RBNY, including ones with MLS experience and Petke

Sean David Johnson is a long-time Red Bulls fan

By Sean David Johnson
Special to

In recent days Mike Petke and Tony Meola, both getting time to get to know Andy Roxburgh and his approach in New York, have enthusiastically said that he is "the right man for the job."

If you ask me, I'm not too put off about the current lack of a head coach. In the event a head coach isn't found, we have the opportunity to see what Petke is made of as a coach.

More than that, I was very worried about Paulo Sousa as head coach. When you think about the prior three years under Hans Backe (as well as the first 17 years of the organization), there were too many concerns in Sousa's record.

For a market that needs some consistency, his record showed the opposite: inconsistent record and, far more troubling, a penchant for moving onward and upward quickly. The conclusion could easily be made that regardless of whether or not he could bring New York a trophy, he would likely be gone in a year's time. I was hopeful to read that he is no longer in line for the job.

Further, Backe was responsible for turning his nose up at American talent. Therefore, lots of opportunities were missed for young players who, as Petke recently eluded to, never got a fair shake. New York deserves someone with experience respecting, and giving chances to, American talent.

In foreign coaches, Owen Coyle comes to mind, as he has experience bringing in players like Stuart Holden and Tim Ream (a former Red Bull). He also successfully guided Bolton to the English Premier League, a task Sousa couldn't do with any of his Championship sides.

If we don't go the route of a foreign coach, Steve Nicol deserves a look. For me, although others like Claudio Reyna, Jesse Marsch and Tony Meola could be considered, I'd be optimistic and open-minded to see where Petke could take the team. He played over more MLS matches. He's a born-and-bred New Yorker who is becoming a poised managerial professional. And, he cares about the young players from the Academy. Although his experience may not command the respect of the Kaka's of the world, right now he has almost three years of experience working with and beside Henry and, previously, Rafa Marquez. So, he has some standing there if he can claim it.

I'm not too worried right now. In fact, I'm intrigued.

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