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January 10, 2013
Petke tells radio show that Red Bulls could name a coach soon

Red Bulls interim coach Mike Petke says a new coach could be name soon.
Red Bulls interim coach Mike Petke says a new coach could be name soon.
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Red Bulls assistant coach Mike Petke, the team's interim head coach for the past two months, says a permanent head coach could be named soon.

During a Wednesday interview on the "Counter Attack" show on Sirius XM radio, Petke said that a successor to Hans Backe could be announced as early as this week.

“Last that I heard is that it should be announced this week,” Petke said on the radio show. “However, I can’t confirm that. It’s really not in my hands. I am assuming it’s announced in the next couple of days.”

On Nov. 9, a day after the team was eliminated by D.C. United from the playoffs, Backe was told his contract would not be renewed after a three-year tenure with the Major League Soccer club. A couple of weeks later, Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh said he had hoped a new coach would be named before the new year.

Former Scottish international Gary McAllister was reported to be the front-runner, but he is out of the picture. The leading candidate is one-time Portuguese international midfielder Paulo Sousa, who stepped down as Videoton coach in Hungary earlier this week.

While the Red Bulls will be the last MLS team to name a coach and with the MLS combine looming in Lauderhill, Fla. this week and the SuperDraft in Indianapolis, Ind. next Thursday, Petke felt the team did the right thing taking its time.

“There will be a coach shortly,” Petke told Counter Attack. “That is not an issue at this point."

Petke wasn't finished.

“One thing I like is the patience,” he said. “They are not rushing into something. I know people can say it’s crunch time now, we need a coach, preseason is starting. However, we are well prepared for that. We can start right away. We are OK with that. He comes in and we are right where we need to be.”

Counter Attack is hosted by former U.S. internationals Tony Meola, a goalkeeper who played with the MetroStars and Red Bulls, and John Harkes, a midfielder, who performed with D.C. United.
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