It’s Official: Andy Roxburgh leaves New York Red Bulls

IMAGE, MATT KREMKAU FOR EMPIRE OF SOCCER

As reported this October, the New York Red Bulls have officially announced the departure of Sporting Director, Andy Roxburgh.

“After two wonderful seasons with this great club and with my contract at an end, it is time for me to move on to a new challenge,” said Roxburgh in a club statement. “When I came to New York, I was given the remit of raising professional standards on the sporting side and bringing success on the field. With the support of everyone at the club, I feel that these objectives have been achieved.”

The success of the club during Roxburgh’s time have been palpable.  The team surprised the world with a Supporters’ Shield finish in 2013; their first piece of official silverware in the then 18 year history of the club.  New York followed that with another solid campaign in 2014, falling mere steps away from their first MLS Cup appearance since 2008.

“On behalf of the New York Red Bulls, we want to thank Andy for his contributions during a great two years of service to the club,” said General Manager Marc de Grandpre. “Andy is a true professional and his influence on the club will be felt for years to come. We wish him all the best going forward.”

Trophies aside, Roxburgh’s reign will likely be remembered more for its inactivity rather than its acquisitions.  Yes, Bradley Wright-Phillips joined the club as a trialist during his time, but few other acquisitions have been as impactful as the former Charlton striker.  Instead, Roxburgh’s impact comes in the arena of philosophy and cultivation.  The Scottish veteran eschewed yet another string of offseason makeovers, concentrating instead on continuity in the roster and rewarding team achievers for their contributions.  He took a keen eye to the Academy program, personally signing Matt Miazga and Sean Davis during his tenure.  More impressive, he helped mold a rookie coach in Mike Petke towards not one, but two straight seasons of success.

As Roxburgh makes his exit, Marc De Grandpre moves on to Jerome de Bontin’s former position as General Manager.  The club will continue to seek options out for their next Sporting Director.

  • Fred

    I’m sure he’ll be pleased with his legacy: that nearly every RBNY fan who had a kid while he was SD (especially when the Supporters’ Shield was won) has Andy, Andrew, or Andrea as a first or middle name.