Kamis, 04 Oktober 2012

Harry Redknapp open to possibility of coaching New York Red Bulls

FA Cup: Harry Redknapp, Tottenham Hotspur v Bolton Wanderers
By Alex Labidou

Harry Redknapp is open to the possibility of managing the New York Red Bulls, but the former Tottenham boss will not express a formal interest in the position until the future of current coach Hans Backe has been resolved, Goal.com can reveal.

Speculation over the future of Red Bulls head coach Backe continues to grow with the arrival of new general manager Jerome de Bontin.

Backe is in his final year of his three-year contract with the Red Bulls and it is speculated that De Bontin will want to hire his own coach unless the 60-year-old delivers an MLS Cup this season.

Still, the recruitment of Redknapp could help the club in its ambitions. It is no secret that the Red Bulls are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Kaka. The Brazilian's agent told the New York Post that his client would consider a move to the Big Apple in 2014. Having a seasoned well-known manager like Redknapp would only be more enticing for the former World Player of the Year. Also, it is rumored that Thierry Henry has a good relationship with the currently unemployed coach.

As for Backe's end, a source close to the coach told Goal.com that the Red Bulls haven't started conversations about a possible extension, leaving his future uncertain with the club. Red Bulls lead executive Gerard Houllier was unavailable for comment on Backe's future.


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