|photo by Matt Kremkau
The New York Red Bulls finally found a replacement for their director of Sport position when Kevin Thelwell left for Everton on February 25th, as they hire Jochen Schneider from Schalke FC 04 as Head of sport and Communication in Germany. This man has an impressive resume in German Football with several clubs and the German National Team. Once he receives his U.S. Work Visa the man will get down to business and chat with Sporting Director Denis Hamlett.
“I am very pleased to join the New York Red Bulls as their new Head of Sport and am absolutely honored to be able to return to the Red Bull family,” said Schneider. “I look forward to working closely together with Marc de Grandpré along with Denis Hamlett, Gerhard Struber, and all the members of the sporting department to lead this club. I am really excited to work in MLS – the fastest growing soccer league worldwide.”
His career began in 1999 at Stuttgart as an assistant to former Head of sport Rolf Russmann, then in 2004 he was promoted to Head of Sport and won the Bundesliga in 2007 working with Horst Heldt and Fredi Bobic. Then he joined the Red Bulls Global soccer family in 2015 as he took on the role of Coordinator Sport Global Soccer. Then he was promoted in June 2017 to Head of Sport & Internationalization at RB Leipzig working closely with Ralf Rangnick.
Schneider has also worked with some solid German players in his days like Timo Werner, Antonio Rudiger & Sami Khedira as well as bringing in International talents to RB Leipzig like Ibrahima Konate and our very own Tyler Adams.
It sounds like the Red Bulls have found their man to take over the direction of the club, and we shall see what he will do with players coming into the club when the MLS Summer Transfer Window opens if he will add or subtract players, but for no this looks like a strong hire for them and let's see what the future holds for Jochem Schneider.