Red Bulls, Roxburgh strive for some stability

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Associated Press

Posted on November 20, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 20 at 2:04 PM

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Sporting director of the New York Red Bulls for just more than a week, Andy Roxburgh already knows what this good-but-not-great MLS franchise needs to get over the top.

And the former manager of the Scottish national team took it a step further on Tuesday, laying out the problem while also establishing a foundation for the solution.

"Stability is absolutely vital," said Roxburgh, 69, who met with the media for the first time at Red Bull Arena. "I know this franchise hasn't been as stable as it needs to be. We want to create stability, have a greater level of steadiness. We have a real desire to make this franchise one of the best in MLS.

"And to do that, we need to create stability."

That's certainly a good place to start. The Red Bulls, dating back to their days as the MetroStars, have gone through 13 coaches and will get another one soon, now that ownership has decided not to renew Hans Backe's contract after three seasons. There have been eight different general managers/sporting directors in that span, as well.

Clearly, it's been a revolving door.

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