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Red Bulls Become Thelwell's Team As Coaching Search Begins

(photo by Matt Kremkau)

New York Red Bulls Head of Sport Kevin Thelwell now holds the power after his dismissal of team head coach Chris Armas. Much like Ali Curtis before him, Thelwell now wields the power to push the team in a new direction, one where the team's success on the field is paramount.

"What we'd like to do is frame the aspirations of the club," said Thelwell during the press conference. "Then understand what our identity and our philosophy is in terms of the football and the make-up of the roster. Then draw together a shortlist of the candidates we think can fit into those processes."

Upheaval at Red Bulls used to be the norm but since 2015 and the ascension of Jesse Marsch, the team has been a pillar of stability in MLS. Their successes on the field have been limited to Supporters Shield victories, however they were still seen as contenders for major trophies. Now, the feeling of uncertainty has returned to the club. A feeling that hasn't been felt since half a decade prior.

To Thelwell's credit he knows what he is looking for. The team will still play the energetic style that they have made their own. However, the Head of Sport hopes to bring in a manger with more of an adaptable ability. Perhaps one that can break down teams tactically if they employ more negative tactics in order to get results.

"I think it's pretty clear that we're going to stick with the football identity that we've got. We're looking for someone who has the ability to play that sort of style with adjustments."

Thelwell also spoke of already receiving message from potential candidates. While the search is still in its infancy, New York will more than likely have an over abundance of candidates for the position. Fit will still be of the utmost importance but whether or not that person is a major name won't be a detriment.

"I'm not sure if it will be a name or not a name to be honest. The best way to approach these things is to be very clear on the identity of the team and the philosophy of the football club. To be clear about what you want to achieve with the roster and then to find someone who fits into that framework."

New York will have an interim coach behind the bench over the weekend as the team continues their MLS season against the Philadelphia Union.


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