December 28, 2012
STILL NO COACH
Red Bulls feeling pressure to name one; McAllister wants big bucks; Queiroz, Coyle interested
By Michael Lewis
|The Red Bulls aren't close to naming a successor to Hans Backe as coach.
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With the start of the season some 63 days away and less than three weeks to the MLS SuperDraft, the Red Bulls still have not settled on a coach to succeed Hans Backe.
According to sources in the league, they are feeling the pressure to name a coach soon.
The Red Bulls are set to open their 18th season at the Portland Timbers on March 3. They also will participate in the SuperDraft in Indianapolis on Jan. 17.
Former Scottish international Gary McAllister, who has been considered the No. 1 candidate, wants more money than the Red Bulls are willing to pay, sources close to the team said.
It is not known how much money McAllister has been asking, but it is believed to be more than $1 million.
McAllister, who has coached at Coventry City, Leeds United and Aston Villa in the English Premier League, might have other ambitions. There is talk that he wants to be an assistant coach to Gordon Strachan with the Scottish National Team, a source said.
While the Red Bulls wait to make a decision, other names have emerged for their coaching position, according to one source.
Carlos Queiroz, who coached the MetroStars during the inaugural 1996 Major League Soccer season, is interested in the position, but has not been contacted. Queiroz, the current coach of Iran, directed Portugal at the 2010 World Cup and was an assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
Owen Coyle, who was former Red Bulls defender Tim Ream's manager at Bolton in the English Premier League before he was fired, also is interested. But it is believed he is also asking for more than seven figures, the source said.
Fox Soccer commentator Eric Wynalda has met with Gerard Houllier, the head of Red Bull Global Soccer, and Jerome de Bontin, the New York Red Bulls general manager to discuss a position with the club, according to the source.
Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh is expected to make the final decision on a coach. Assistant coach Mike Petke has been the interim coach in the off-season.
A day after the Red Bulls failed to get past the Eastern Conference semifinals, Backe on Nov. 9 learned that his contract would not be renewed for the 2013 season. Backe had directed the Red Bulls since 2010, a team that included former French World Cup champion Thierry Henry and Mexican National Team captain Rafa Marquez.
The Red Bulls have failed to win a trophy or title of note in their 17 years of existence.