New Head Coach Hans Backe is ready to revive the fortunes of Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls, being fully aware of the size of the task he faces.
The 57-year-old Swede, who most recently worked under Sven-Goran Eriksson at Manchester City and Notts County in England and with Mexico’s national team, has become the New York club’s 12th coach in 15 years.
“After so many years, I have my philosophy and I know how to build a team," he said to reporters when he was introduced at the club’s new $200 million home, the Red Bull Arena. "It’s a massive challenge to build a team, but with this breathtaking stadium, the future looks bright for this club.”
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The Red Bulls, who will kick off the 2010 season at home against Chicago on March 27, managed just five wins in the Eastern Standings last season, the worst in the MLS.
Erik Soler, who was appointed the club’s general manager and sporting director at the end of last year, is certain Backe has the attributes to boost the Bulls, despite his lack of MLS experience.
“This is not about bringing in a European or not bringing in a European," Soler said. "It’s about building the best team, the best staff you can get to run this club forward.
“I would be much more scared bringing in a coach who had worked for 10 years in the (English) Premiership or worked for a big Spanish club because there are differences. I have a very limited amount of money for buying players, for instance. That’s very comparable to Scandanavia.”
With the help of assistant coach Richie Williams and goalkeeping coach Des McAleenan, Backe, who led FC Copenhagen to four Danish league titles before being sacked by Greek outfit Panathinaikos in September 2006, will now, like Soler, have to get used to the MLS rules and salary cap.
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