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by Anthony J. Merced
Former Hertha Berlin and Mainz head coach Sandro Schwarz is rumored to become the new manager of New York Red Bulls according to the German publication BILD. The news comes after the release of head coach Troy Lesesne and the parting of ways with Sporting Director Denis Hamlett earlier this week.
Schwarz has a long history, specifically in the Bundesliga where he managed the Mainz reserve team before becoming their head coach in 2017. He was with the club until 2019 when he took over at Dynamo Moscow where the team finished runner-up in the Russian Cup in 2022. From there he returned to the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin but he was unable to keep the club in the first division as they were relegated at the end of the 2022-23 campaign.
Schwarz is a German-born coach who is only 45 years old despite his significant experience. While most of it has been in Germany, we have seen such coaches transition well into other leagues around the world. Should Schwarz take on the position, he is rumored to have a significant investment attached to it. Already, rumors are swirling around the acquisition of attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg in January. Other names have also been floated.
Yesterday, Head of Sport Jochen Schneider spoke to the media, expressing how the dissatisfaction with the club's inability to progress towards a championship in recent seasons. The signing of Schwarz would indicate a return to the European managerial roots of the past that have produced mixed results. While previous head coach Gerhard Struber did have the team finish in fourth place in 2022, the team collapsed around him in 2023, leading to his exit.
Schwarz will be in a far better situation than any manager since Jesse Marsch took over the club in 2015. The team will still have a strong young core, but significant changes will be made to boost their chances at competing at the top of the league.