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January 3, 2013
Source: Red Bulls plan to have five coaches

Assistant coach Mike Petke was the only Red Bulls coach retained from last year's staff.
Assistant coach Mike Petke was the only Red Bulls coach retained from last year's staff.
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By Kristian R. Dyer Contributing Editor

The Red Bulls have long rated the Galaxy as the type of success they’d like to have in MLS. Now, they might be equaling their western rivals in terms of the size of their coaching staff.

A league source told that the Red Bulls and sporting director Andy Roxburgh are eyeing a coaching staff that will number five members. All indications point to the club appointing Gary McAllister as their next head coach and his coaching staff will include four additional members.

Three members of the coaching staff will be assistant coaches and the fifth member will be a goalkeeping coach. This mirrors the same set-up as the Galaxy from last season.

As reported by recently, Claudio Reyna has interviewed with the team along with Tony Meola. In addition, Robin Fraser, Jesse Marsch and Eric Wynalda have all been interviewed in connection with a role on the team.

Last year’s Red Bulls coaching staff numbered four individuals with Hans Backe as the head coach and Jan Halvor Halvorsen his deputy. Former Red Bulls defender Mike Petke coached the reserve team and had an influence on game day as well. The goalkeeper coach was Todd Hoffard, who spent two years with the organization.

Of that group, only Petke remains on the coaching staff.
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