April 12, 2014
Source: de Grandpre to return to Red Bulls
By Michael Lewis
|Marc de Grandpre was the Red Bulls managing director from 2006-2008.
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Former Red Bulls managing director Marc de Grandpre could very well be heading back to the Major League Soccer club.
According to one source close to the team, de Grandpre is in line to become the Red Bulls' commercial manager.
The Red Bulls did not return requests to comment about the situation.
A nine-year veteran of the Red Bull energy drink company, de Grandpre most recently has worked as the head marketing with KIND, a snack bar company, in the metropolitan area. He also worked with IMAX and Firethorn.
De Grandpre joined Red Bull in 1999 and was named Red Bulls managing director in April, 2006, a month after the company purchased the MetroStars. He moved onto another business opportunity in April, 2008. He was replaced by Erik Stover, who is now the Chief Operating Officer of the New York Cosmos.
During his two-year tenure, de Grandpre was in charge during two controversial depatures.
In early 2007, he fired Giovanni Savarese as the Red Bulls' youth director and former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena left the club after that season.
Saverese went on to direct the New York Cosmos to the 2013 North American Soccer League championship, while Arena guided the LA Galaxy to the 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup crowns.
The Red Bulls are still without a general manager after Jerome de Bontin resigned on March 3, only five days prior to the start of this season.
It is not known when a replacement will be named.