The New York Red Bulls have parted ways with head coach Mike Petke by firing the faithful 38-year-old, according to a report from Metro New York’s Kristian Dyer.
The news has not been confirmed by the club as of yet, but if true it comes as a major shock at what would have to be seen as a bad time.
It’s late in the offseason and the MLS Combine and SuperDraft is set to take place within the next week or so, so a move to replace the head coach who has been in charge for two seasons seems risky.
The Metro report states:
Petke, who in two years as head coach of the club delivered the Supporters Shield, in 2013, and took the team to within a game of the MLS Cup this past season, was relieved of his duties on Tuesday. A team source tells Metro New York that new sporting director Ali Curtis was the one who relieved Petke of his duties after meeting with the head coach at Red Bull Arena.
Ali Curtis was named as the club’s sporting director last month as would appear to be the man behind the reported decision.
Petke is a popular figure with the Red Bulls fanbase having played 169 times for the club as a player before moving into assistant coach and head coach roles.
It’s been an offseason of major transition for the Red Bulls. Thierry Henry has hung up his boots, Jamison Olave has departed and now the club have reportedly fired their head coach.
The club would be expected to release an official statement regarding Mike Petke if they have indeed decided to fire him, and if so, there will be plenty of interest from MLS clubs across the country for his services.
What do you make of the reports that the New York Red Bulls have fired Mike Petke?