Report: Red Bulls under pressure to name head coach
The 2013 SuperDraft may only be weeks away, but the New York Red Bulls still do not have a head coach (and nor do the Montreal Impact, for that matter). That could change shortly, however, as a report from Michael Lewis on Big Apple Soccer indicates that the Red Bulls are under pressure to name the person who will lead the team in 2013.
According to the report, New York's long-rumored No. 1 target, Gary McAllister, is asking for more money than the Red Bulls are willing to offer. Naturally, this throws other names into consideration, such as former Portugal manager and Manchester United assistant Carlos Queiroz, who also directed the then MetroStars in their inaugural 1996 season.
Former Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle, who brought former Red Bulls defender Tim Ream to England, is also rumored to be interested in the job, but again, his asking price could prove a stumbling block.
Fox Soccer commentator Eric Wynalda is also rumored to have met with Red Bulls GM Jerome de Bontin and director of global soccer Gérard Houllier about a position at the club, but sporting director Andy Roxburgh (above) is expected to have the final say on a coaching hire.
MLSsoccer.com reached out to the Red Bulls regarding the report, but has not yet received comment.
Whoever is chosen to lead the Red Bulls will have a wide array of talent at their disposal, including Thierry Henry and newly-signed Brazilian star Juninho Pernambucano, but will be faced with the tough task of leading the team to its first-ever MLS trophy.