It has been a busy offseason for the New York Red Bulls. Rafa Marquez and Sebastian Le Toux are gone, Juninho Pernambucano, Fabian Espindola, Jamison Olave and Josue Martinez are in, a pair of homegrown products have been signed while ten others have gotten the ax.
In the midst of all this movement, New York still hasn’t announced their new head coach. A bit unsettling? Yes, but Dax McCarty feels the new bosses have a plan.
“It’s definitely a little bit (unsettling),” McCarty conceded. “It definitely makes you think about who is calling the shots, but I think we all know that the front office, the new guys that have come in, Andy Roxburgh and Gerard Houllier, they have experience in soccer that not many people do have. So whoever comes in to be the coach, I am sure all three will meet and they will say exactly what their vision for the team is.
“Having a coach is important but I also think having a direction is extremely important. The new directors have come in and made it known the direction that they want this team to go and that’s one that wins championships.”
For weeks, Gary McAllister of Leeds United and Aston Villa fame has been the odds on favorite to take up the Red Bulls coaching position. Though McCarty doesn’t have inside knowledge of whom the next coach will be, he is fairly certain the team brass have pinpointed a particular candidate.
“I am sure they have been making these moves with a guy in mind,” he explained. “Obviously, I have heard the rumors just like you. The players don’t know anything more than anybody else so we are not sure who that coach is going to be. At the end of the day, you don’t question the experience of guys that have been in this game for thirty plus years. You just think that you know they have a vision for the club and they want to bring championships to the New York community and the Red Bulls fan base.
“It’s been 18 or 19 tough years for our fans,” he explained. “Especially the players, they feel that pain too. The directors are cognisant of that. They realize that this is not something that we are going to be able to accept much longer – not winning championships. We are an organization with resources to be able to do that.”
One team who’s comparable resources have led to vastly different results is the L.A. Galaxy. “I hate to compare teams but what L.A. has been able to do for the past 4 or 5 years I think is something every MLS team can envy and aspire to be like,” he said. After all, the West Coast juggernaut were able to work their way out of an early season hole and win the MLS Cup just last season. It seems no matter the circumstances, the Galaxy have been able to pull it together at will. So why not the Red Bulls?
This season, McCarty feels they can change all of that. The Red Bulls brass has already brought in reinforcements that address many of the team’s issues while coldly cutting excess where necessary. Days away from preseason and mere weeks from first kick, can it be a recipe for success?
“As a player, you don’t worry about what you can’t control,” McCarty explained. “Unfortunately we can’t control who the coach is going to be and right now it’s not a big concern. When we do hire a coach, that first day of preseason, we are going to try to get in the same page as quickly as possible.
“We will always go forward with the thought of winning a championship and that’s going to be our driving force this year.