New York Red Bulls manager Mike Petke signed to a three-year contract, says RBNY's Gerard Houllier
No matter what happens on Wednesday night in the MLS Cup Eastern Conference Semifinal at Red Bull Arena (8 pm ET, Univision Deportes), Mike Petke will be back at the helm in 2014.
The 37-year-old New York Red Bulls head coach, who helped the club capture its first trophy in club history with the 2013 Supporters' Shield, has earned himself a three-year contract, according to Red Bull's head of global soccer, Gérard Houllier.
The Frenchman appeared on Wednesday's edition of KICKTV Live with former US World Cup defender Jimmy Conrad, tackling several questions ranging from Europe to his Red Bulls head coach.
"He's under contract with us anyway … He's got a three-year contract," Houllier told Conrad (at 19:40 in video embedded above). "Mike will stay with us. Don't worry. We'll look after him well."
Petke, who hails from nearby Bohemia, N.Y., started his career back when the club was named the MetroStars and he logged a total of eight seasons.
After his retirement, Petke became an assistant coach for former New York manager Hans Backe before replacing him at the helm of the club in 2013 and leading RBNY to a league-best 17-9-8 record, good enough to secure the 2013 Supporters' Shield and a berth to the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.