Thursday, January 7, 2010

Red Bulls turn to Swedish native Hans Backe

The Red Bulls once again look for a foreigner to manage their franchise, as they hire Swede Hans Backe to be the 13th coach in the 15-year history.

He certainly has an interesting resume, having worked most recently as the coach for Notts County in English League 2, stepping down after only seven weeks on the job on Dec. 15. He also was an assistant coach to former Mexico coach Sven-Goran Eriksson before the latter was fired last year.

Regardless as to his potential pedigree, the majority of foreigners who have not played in the league or been an assistant coach have struggled with MLS's many complicated rules and regulations. For example, each team has a $2.3 million salary cap and are not as free to spend as European teams do.

Red Bulls Sporting Director Erik Soler was most impressed with Backe's coaching experience.

"I have followed Hans' career for many years and I think he will be an excellent coach for this team," Soler said in a statment. "Hans brings a vast amount of experience from a variety of different clubs in Europe and he has been a fantastic mentor for many young and established players. We are confident that he will be able to help our club accomplish our goal of competing for a MLS Cup."

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