Red Bull Roulette Continues in the Front Office

Andy Roxburgh is the next one to leave the club, reports say
by Daniel Feuerstein   |   Friday, October 17, 2014

Branded Bulls – column on Red Bull NY (RBNY – NYRB) & the New Jersey area soccer scene.

Just when you thought there was going to be some stability in the front office of Red Bull New York, turmoil has swirled up. Reports recently said Sporting Director Andy Roxburgh will end his tenure at the end of the 2014 season.

We have seen important people try to make things better for the supporters and the club itself. The last group that got Red Bull Arena started back in 2010 included Hans Backe and Eric Soler, but that era ended so quickly.

It looked like the Mike Petke, Roxburgh era got off to a fantastic start last season by winning the Supporters’ Shield. But sadly there have been a lot of changes during these last few years as Jerome deBontin, who was the General Manager, left due to issues with ownership. And it could be possible that Roxburgh is leaving because of ownership, or possibly because Global Director of Soccer in Gerard Houllier has continued to interfere with the management of the New York club.

Ever since Houllier became the global director of Red Bull Soccer, his mouth has continued to get him in trouble as he is not paying attention to the situation of this club or already making up stories that Thierry Henry has already called it a career when he hasn’t made an official announcement.

The strange moment towards the end of last season’s regular season was an interview with KICK TV’s Jimmy Conrad discussing Petke’s contract situation that he had a three-year deal, when in fact it was a two-year deal. If you are the head honcho of Red Bull soccer and you have to pay attention to Salzburg, Austria, Leipzig, Germany and in Brazil, you should know that there is New York City as well since the club invested heavily in Major League Soccer and the construction of Red Bull Arena as well.

Sadly it looks like Gerard Houllier is following the beat to his own drum and is ignoring the second club under the umbrella of the Red Bull soccer empire. He needs to pull himself together and stop being so combative and forgetful if he is going to know what’s happening in North America. If Houllier does decide to resign it would be a smart thing as he is acting and looking like a clown.

But for Roxburgh it’s a shame he is leaving or being forced out for no reason as he brought over Bradley Wright-Phillips in last summer’s transfer window and look at some of the moves that went into keeping this side intact for once. I hope Roxburgh will land on his feet again back in Europe.

NEXT UP: October 19 – Red Bull New York vs. Columbus Crew, Red Bull Arena, Harrison, New Jersey. 3 p.m. MLS Live/Uni Mas/MSG .


Ramapo College
Club Domestic:
Red Bull NY
Club Foreign:
PSG, ManU, Maccabbi Haifa
Original New York Cosmos fan, reborn soccer fan since 1994 USA World Cup. Feuerstein’s Fire podcast host. Covers NY Red Bulls for SN, and promotes all levels of American soccer from both sides of issues.