Hans Backe Not Returning In 2013

Hans Backe Not Returning In 2013

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 12, 2012
  • Features, Hans Backe

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

It was only a matter of time but it appears Hans Backe’s time in New York is officially going to come to an end after the 2012 season.

Just a couple weeks after the news of New York removing Erik Soler as their GM, the coach that was brought in at the same time is heading back to Sweden in December, according to Expressen.se.

Backe won’t have his contract renewed after this season, even if it is a title run (though you do wonder if that would change some hearts and minds). He always had a talented roster of players and after three season he never really put it all together as much as some would have hoped.

I think the phrase a lot of folks will throw out with regards to Backe and what he possessed in New York was an embarrassment of riches. It is true in every sense of the word. Backe had plenty of talent all across the pitch and this year may have been the most talented. The constant lineup changes or the lack of knowledge about the American game was also a downfall on the Swede.

Backe has two more games plus the playoffs to determine how his legacy will be defined in New York for years to come. Either he’ll go down as the greatest coach that club has ever seen, or he’ll just be another name on the long list of coaches that have lead this franchise.