Red Bulls Already Looking For Backe’s Replacement?

Red Bulls Already Looking For Backe’s Replacement?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 4, 2012
  • Hans Backe


Hans Backe’s days are numbered. (Getty Images)

Boy that didn’t take long.

Just days after announcing the hiring of a new GM and director of global soccer operations, the new guys in charge are already said to be looking for a replacement for current head coach Hans Backe.

Yes, the same club that is in the middle of a playoff chase is reportedly searching for a new coach. Oh why does this club make it so easy for us to mock them? Seriously.

Anyways, SBI is reporting this morning that Gerard Houllier, the club’s global soccer operations head honcho, is said to be looking at Scottish manager Gary McAllister to take over as the Red Bulls boss in 2013.

The 47-year-old former Scotland international is a close confidant of Gerard Houllier, the man now running the soccer side of things for the Red Bulls (and Red Bull’s global soccer operations) and sources with knowledge of the club’s strategy tell SBI that Houllier is strongly considering bringing in McAllister as the team’s new head coach once the 2012 season ends.

McAllister hasn’t had a full-time coaching job since leaving Aston Villa in the summer of 2011. But hey, it’s always who you know if the sports industry right?

McAllister isn’t the only name being rumored either. is reporting that sources are telling them that Harry Redknapp could be interested in the possible opening as well.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that the Red Bulls have already reached out to a candidate who has Premier League experience. Though the identity of that coach remains unknown, one potential option could be Harry Redknapp.

“Out of respect, Harry wouldn’t express an interest in any position while someone else is currently in the job,” a source close to the former Tottenham coach revealed.

Dumping Backe isn’t a total surprise and in a way I thought it would have happened much sooner than this. He’s been with the club for three years now, much longer than what most managers in the Big Apple have gotten with this club.

Backe has gone 39-29-24 in the three years in charge of the Red Bulls. He’s been questioned left and right about roster selections, lack of awareness over things like the US Open Cup and many other things. Oh and he always sounds like a Bond villain to me, just throwing that out there.

The one thing that could keep him around past 2012 is of course a MLS Cup.

But I even wonder if that will be good enough.

Either way you look at it this news is a bit crazy but it’s the Red Bulls we’re talking about here, so none of this should really surprise anyone in my book.

  • Doug

    Its like LA replacing Sigi Schmidt while they’re in first place but not playing “sexy” soccer