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Hans Backe out as New York Red Bulls manager

Nov 9, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

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Whatever you might say about the new sheriffs in town at Red Bull Arena, you have to say this: these guys don’t waste time.

Less than 24 hours after seeing his team crash out of the first round of the MLS playoffs, manager Hans Backe is out.

It’s a risky move. Backe had his flaws, but he also accomplished more than any manager to come through the organization. And there have been quite a few pass through this famously flawed organization; World Cup winners and successful national team coaches, for instance.

Backe didn’t arrive with such a decorated CV – and yet he was the first manager to guide the club into MLS playoffs for three consecutive years.

Yes, Backe benefitted from a roster stacked high with world class talent. But if we’re being honest, the Red Bulls / MetroStars always had a semi-leg up in terms of talent, going back to the early days when salary cap rules worked one way for most teams, and another way for the bold and the beautiful around MLS. That list, if you couldn’t figure out, included the league’s most visible franchise, the one in New York.

It’s also risky because the club’s new management is likely to go “high profile” with the new arrival. And that (likely) means someone who comes with zero MLS experience. As we said: risky.

  1. mkbryant3 - Nov 9, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    By “high profile” do you mean splashing big cash to pry Kinnear away from Houston? :-)

    What is up with Houllier and why is he so highly regarded?

    Would Backe be interested in Chivas?

  2. mdac1012 - Nov 10, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Hans could never find the right mix with this team. They had a lot of talent but never seemed to have any direction, and Hans never seemed to have any answers. The only thing consistent about this team was their inconsistency.

    That last game summed up their season, on the verge of breaking through but unable to get over the hump and in the end, the mental mistakes by top players and the decision making left you scratching your head.

  3. tylerbetts - Nov 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    It was pretty clear that Backe never quite got how to win in MLS. His approach probably works in a dozen other leagues, but MLS is different.

    So, who do we have to bribe to get Pep Guardiola to New York rumors going?

  4. footballer4ever - Nov 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Pep Guardiola to NY? Do you mean NY Redbulls or the possible/questionable NY Cosmos club and when they are able to snatch Messi from Barca? Just got “daydreaming” all of a sudden.

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