“It’s pretty clear that we’ve got a pretty clear philosophy and a pretty clear identity. For sure, we would want that to remain, but perhaps with some adjustments in relation to the context of the league.” (Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls)
By Michael Lewis
The Red Bulls have put up the periscope for another head coach, their 17th in their 25-year history, after Chris Armas was fired Friday morning.
Since securing an interim head coach was head of sport Kevin Thelwell’s top priority, don’t expect the team to rush to hire a permanent one over Labor Day weekend.
During a Friday afternoon ZOOM call with the media, it sounded like Thelwell wanted to a meticulous search for a boss that before whittling it down to a short list of candidates.
Thelwell said the Red Bulls head coaching position was “a very good job,” adding that it was “a very good club in a very good league.”
After only a handful of hours after Armas’ dismissal, Thelwell said “already we’ve been inundated with people who have got some interest in the role.”
Any new coach will have to embrace the team’s high-pressure philosophy, which former Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch instituted when he took over in 2015. Armas continued that style when he took over in 2018.
Red Bulls head of sport Kevin Thelwell during his Zoom press conference with the media after the firing of Chris Armas Friday afternoon.
Posted by Michael Apple Lewis on Friday, September 4, 2020
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“It’s pretty clear that we’ve got a pretty clear philosophy and a pretty clear identity,” Thelwell said. “For sure, we would want that to remain, but perhaps with some adjustments in relation to the context of the league.”
Thelwell added: “Of course, we’ve got a very clear way in terms of our roster development. We’re looking for a certain type of player and a certain age of player. So, somebody who has the ability to somebody [who’s] got experience of success, for sure. And then also experience or work with young players I think will be important.”
The Red Bulls head of sport indicated that it didn’t matter whether the team hired a big name or someone who was not as well known.
“I’m not sure whether there’ll be a name or not a name,” Thelwell said. “To be honest, I think 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 somebody who fits into that framework. Now that might be somebody who’s very experienced and very well known to people. It may also be an individual who’s perhaps less well known. But that’s really not important to me. What’s important is we find the right individual to take us forwards, that meets the ambitions of the football club … making sure we get the appropriate candidate who fits into the culture here.”