- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 8, 2011
- 1 Comments
- Coaching Hot Seat, Hans Backe
At 6-6-12 on the season, New York Red Bulls general manager Eric Soler has given head coach Hans Backe a vote of confidence. Michael Lewis of BigAppleSoccer.com is reporting that the club has no plans on removing Backe from his coaching post during the remainder of this season.
“Absolutely,” Soler said if Backe will direct the team the rest of the season.
“He does, in my opinion, as good a job as anybody can. It’s not about Hans or not Hans. This is about the team effort, starting with myself, with Hans, the coaching staff around the team and the players. We have a responsibility within the whole group to turn it around. I think we can.”
Oh the dreaded vote of confidence. We see it nearly every season. I wrote at the start of the year that Backe would be on the hot seat as long as the club was not doing as well as expected. With a team built around star players it isn’t shocking to see him have this on his shoulders as the club has underperformed all year long. I think there was maybe a month or so back at the start of the year when the club last looked dominant.
Right now for this club it is MLS Cup or bust. Anything less than that will likely mean Backe (and who knows even Soler) will be on his way out.
With only 30 points on the year, just barely good enough for 3rd place in the Eastern Conference, the Red Bulls cannot afford to drop easy points here. Ten games remain on their schedule this year and with tough ones ahead against LA, Dallas, Salt Lake, Philadelphia and a surging Kansas City squad, the Red Bulls won’t have it easy.