December 31, 2012
THEY WERE CANDIDATES
Marsch, Fraser not in consideration for Red Bulls coach; Meola, Wynalda out of running for head job
By Kristian R. Dyer
|Former U.S. international and Red Bulls goalkeeper Tony Meola is out of the running for the team's head coaching job.
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BigAppleSoccer.com Contributing Editor
Two candidates who interviewed with the Red Bulls for the head coaching vacancy have been eliminated from consideration for the position in former Impact head coach Jesse Marsch and former Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser.
According to a league source familiar with the situation, Marsch and Fraser have recently interviewed with Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh but neither will be considered for a position that has been vacant since Hans Backe was fired in November.
Marsch was fired from the Montreal Impact, even though he directed the first-year Major League soccer expansion team to a seventh-place finish in the Eastern Conference with an impressive 12-16-6 record and 42 points. The Impact had a better record than seven teams, an excellent finish for a first-year side.
Fraser was sacked by Chivas after his first year with the club after the team finished ninth and last in the Western conference with a 7-18-7 mark and 30 points.
In addition, former U.S. internationals Eric Wynalda and Tony Meola are not being considered for the position, league sources said. Meola, an original MetroStar, returned to play for the Red Bulls during the 2005-2006 seasons.
Over the past couple weeks, former U.S. international midfielder Claudio Reyna has been spotted several times at Red Bull Arena and has expressed a strong interest in a role with the organization.
Another league source, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said that he “would be surprised if Steve Nicol is being considered at this juncture. He doesn’t seem to be a serious candidate at any point of the search.”
The move away from Marsch and Fraser shouldn’t be a surprise. One source told BigAppleSoccer.com that Gerard Houllier, Head of Global Soccer for Red Bull, “doesn’t want an American coach as his preference. He’s always preferred a European.”
According to another league source, Roxburgh has favored an American coaching the team, which has delayed the hiring process. Backe was fired on Nov. 8, a day after the Red Bulls were eliminated from the conference semifinals for the third consecutive season.
BigAppleSoccer.com editor Michael Lewis contributed to this story