February 1, 2017
WHO'S THE BOSS?
Report: assistant coach Hamlett making decisions as Red Bulls sporting director, not Curtis
Red Bulls assistant coach Denis Hamlett has been making decisions as the team's sporting director, even though the club says that Ali Curtis is still in that role, according to Metro New York.
Metro New York said that Hamlett has been the face of the Red Bulls' personel department, according to two sources and one general manager of a Major League Soccer team. He has been handling inquiries concering trades and player personnel issues, the paper reproted.
“I’ve been told to deal with Denis now,” the one general manager told Metro. “I have no idea if it is permanent or not, I just don’t know. But he’s the one.”
Curtis was running the show until he was called back to New York just before the MLS SuperDraft in Los Angeles in Jaunary. He also was forced to cancel a seminar at the National Soccer Coaches Association of America convention in LA.
Since then, he has not been quoted in press releases heralding the signings of players and new acquisitions. Instead, head coach Jesse Marsch has been.
In a response to an email query about Curtis's status with the Red Bulls earlier this week, a club spokesman replied to BigAppleSoccer.com:
"He is still our sporting director. There has been no change."
Curtis, who had been working in the league office, joined the team in late 2014, succeeding Andy Roxburgh. He quickly made one controversial decision early in his tenure, firing head coach Mike Petke and replacing him with Jesse Marsch.
That caused an uproar among Red Bulls fans until Marsch showed what he could produce on the field. That included winning the Supporters Shield in 2015 and the Eastern Conference crown in 2016.
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