Several members of the Red Bulls coaching staff are pitching in to do Ali Curtis’ job these days. (Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls)
By Michael Lewis
Front Row Soccer Editor
HARRISON, N.J. — So, just who’s running the Red Bulls these days?
It seems like it is by committee.
Oh, Jesse Marsch is still head coach of the MLS side, but any acquisitions by the club are being determined by him and his coaching staff after the departure of sporting director Ali Curtis.
Denis Hamlett reportedly had taken over Curtis’ role deal with other sporting directors in the league, but Hamlett still is an assistant coach with the team.
“He’s a member of the coaching staff right now,” Marsch said at a Monday press conference at Red Bull Arena. “There is no other comment to be made on that right now. There will be more parity on the overall structure of the club. There have been some questions on decision making. Without Ali being here, there’s been shared a lot of shared decision making, kind of like it always has been.”
The Red Bulls will make an announcement in the future about the structuring of the technical staff, Marsch said.
“Right now I’m focusing on Champions League and our season ahead,” he said. “I am not going to answer questions on Ali or Dax.”
Dax is Dax McCarty, the former Red Bulls captain whom the club traded to the Chicago Fire last month. McCarty had some tough words to say about Marsch after the deal.
The Red Bulls host the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first leg of their CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals series at RBA Wednesday at 8 p.m.