The signing of Mike Petke and Robin Fraser to the New York Red Bulls’ technical staff quieted the winter long drama that hung over the touchline like a plague.
What people tend to forget is that the coaching staff is still under construction.
As EoS reported last month, former Aston Villa Goalkeeping Coach Rafa Gonzalez is in training camp with the team in hopes of landing the vacant goal coaching position. Gonzalez, who came up through the Villa system, is familiar with Gerard Houllier, but the Red Bulls’ fan base couldn’t say the same about him.
Now, a name has surfaced that hardened Red Bull fans can embrace. The team has called in former Metrostar/Red Bull striker John Wolyniec to help Petke and Fraser during this second leg of the Florida preseason camp. Sources tell EoS he is also in the running for the team’s open second assistant position.
Wolyniec, 36, played 167 matches for the club, scoring 36 goals across all competitions. His impressive work rate and penchant to come up big in a pinch made him a beloved figure with the team’s supporters.
Since his retirement, Wolyniec has kept within the Red Bull system, serving as an assistant coach on the Red Bulls Academy U-23 side. He has now followed the team down south to assist in training and was spotted on the touchline during Thursday’s preseason match against Malmo.
A source familiar with the situation claims Wolyniec is “highly regarded” within the Red Bulls’ brain trust and would be “an ideal” fit for the side.
There was no comment on the situation from the Red Bulls other than confirming he is with the team in Florida.