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Backe new Red Bulls boss

Former Notts County boss Hans Backe has been appointed head coach of New York Red Bulls.

The Major League Soccer club have announced that 57-year-old Backe, a former assistant to fellow Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson, will be taking over from Juan Carlos Osorio, who resiugned midway through the 2009 season.

"I am extremely excited to join the Red Bulls,'' Backe said. "It is evident with the stadium and the resources available that Red Bull is very committed to making this club the best in Major League Soccer.

"I hope that I can bring my expertise to the club and build a winning squad for our supporters.''

Backe was in charge at English League Two side Notts County for just seven weeks before stepping down from his post on December 15.

Prior to that he had been assistant manager to Eriksson, the Notts County director of football, at Manchester City and with the Mexico national team.

Backe has won four league titles in Denmark as head coach at FC Copenhagen and has also coached Panathinaikos and SV Salzburg, now also owned by drinks manufacturer Red Bull.

"I have followed Hans' career for many years and I think he will be an excellent coach for this team,'' New York Red Bulls general manager and sporting director Erik Soler said.

"Hans brings a vast amount of experience from a variety of different clubs in Europe and he has been a fantastic mentor for many young and established players. We are confident that he will be able to help our club accomplish our goal of competing for a MLS Cup.''

Under Osorio, who like Backe was a former coach at Manchester City having been a member of Kevin Keegan's staff at Eastlands, the Red Bulls flattered to deceive and after the Colombian left, went on to finish with the worst record in the league - winning just fice games out of 30.

The Red Bulls will move from the soon-to-be-demolished Giants Stadium to a new soccer-specific 25,000-seater ground in nearby Harrison, New Jersey, for the 2010 season and Backe revealed that was one of the attractions for making his move to MLS.


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