The search for the New York Red Bulls' next head coach may be finished according to the Yorkshire Post as they are reporting the signing of a three-year-deal with Gehrard Struber following his departure from Barnsley. The ex-Red Bull Salzburg youth-coach will join a young club that is looking for a new identity following the dismissal of Chris Armas.
New York is currently battling to continue their streak of making the MLS Cup playoffs which stands at a decade. Despite the ups-and-downs of a very unique season, the team has been at a crossroads where new leadership in Kevin Thelwell is looking to place his stamp on the club. While Chris Armas was given time to develop the team, his progress reached a breaking point and his replacement with someone chosen by the new Head of Sport became necessary.
Struber comes with an extensive background in Red Bull soccer. He worked with the Salzburg youth teams and saved former Premier League club Barnsley from relegation last season. That, along with his ability to groom young players, makes him the perfect candidate for a New York club that is not abandoning their motto of growing from within. Struber represents a confirmation of that direction and a potential link with more European club youth systems.
Expectations are that the new coach will be announced later today with him taking over the club at the start of next season. More details to follow as soon as the news becomes official.