October 11, 2012
Report: Backe tells Swedish newspaper no one from Red Bulls has talked to him about contract renewal
By Michael Lewis
|Hans Backe: "My contract runs out and I have not heard anything so it will be so that I will be moving home in December."
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Hans Backe is a lame duck coach, according to a Swedish newspaper report.
Backe will not coach the Red Bulls after this season, SportExpressen of Sweden reported in its Thursday editions.
"My contract runs out and I have not heard anything so it will be so that I will be moving home in December," Backe was quoted by SportExpressen.se. "There has been a reorganization which brought in Gerrard Houllier and Jerome de Boutin and Erik Soler been fired."
Soler was fired as general manager and sporting director and replaced by de Bontin. He was given an advisory role with the club.
Backe's three-year contract expires at the end of this year.
If the report is true, that would leave the Red Bulls with a lame duck coach as the team tries to secure a Major League Soccer playoff berth.
Since Soler had hired Backe, it was assumed the coach's position for 2013 was tenuous at best because usually a new GM likes to hire his own men.
The Red Bulls, who have two games remaining in the season, are in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 15-9-8 record and 53 points. They will host Sporting Kansas City at Red Bull Arena on Oct. 20 before completing the regular season at the Philadelphia Union on Oct. 27.
Asked by SportExpressen.se if he wanted to continue coaching, Backe replied, I'm starting the get up in years, but it pops up a good offer, I would continue to train. We'll see what happens after this."
Backe told local media he would not comment on his future until after the season, but he apparently had no problems conveying his thoughts to a newspaper in his native Sweden.
The 60-year-old Backe has coached more games than any other coach in the franchise's 17-year history -- 96. His next win would tie the team record for most coacing victories set by Octavio Zambrano, who directed the MetroStars to 41 wins during his three-year tenure from 2000-2002.
The Red Bulls have not commented on Backe's situation.