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New York Red Bulls Fire Head Coach Mike Petke

Peter Galindo@@GalindoPWFeatured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2015

Oct 11, 2014; Harrison, NJ, USA; New York Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke looks on against the Toronto FC during the second half at Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls defeated Toronto 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Red Bulls have confirmed that they've parted ways with head coach Mike Petke, per the team's official website.

Assistant Robin Fraser has also been removed from the technical staff page of the club's site

Dave Martinez of Empire of Soccer claims that the Red Bulls are lining up Jesse Marsch as the new coach. Marsch's last job was with the Montreal Impact in the club's first season in MLS.

The always reliable Taylor Twellman has since confirmed Martinez's report:

Taylor Twellman @TaylorTwellman

Rumors started MLS Cup weekend and obviously they never ceased. Confirming that Jesse Marsch will replace Mike Petke as Head Coach. #RBNY

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The New York Red Bulls have fired head coach Mike Petke, per Kristian Dyer of Metro New York:

MLS Transfers @MLSTransfers

Source: Deal for new #RBNY coach is almost done. Could be announced as soon as tomorrow. #MLS

According to Dyer, sporting director Ali Curtis sacked Petke after a meeting at Red Bull Arena. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep believes that the club's reasoning was due to a disagreement between management and the coach:

MLS Transfers @MLSTransfers

Source says new #RBNY coach may be someone who's worked in the league office.

MLS Transfers @MLSTransfers

Source: Jesse Marsch could be appointed next #RBNY coach.

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Regardless, the move still comes as a surprise. Petke claimed the Supporters' Shield in 2013, which is the only trophy the club has won since the rebrand.

He also helped guide the Red Bulls to the Eastern Conference finals this year. They lost to the New England Revolution 4-3 on aggregate. 

Kristian Dyer @KristianRDyer

Source: Red Bulls head coach Mike Petke fired by team http://t.co/AOQt2C31Fw via @metronewyork

There's also a rumor involving one of Petke's assistants, Robin Fraser, departing New York for Toronto FC, which was also reported by Dyer on Big Apple Soccer.

French legend Thierry Henry retired in December, so the Red Bulls were set to undergo a few changes in the offseason. It appears as if finding a new coach is now at the top of the agenda.

Ives Galarcep @SoccerByIves

Had heard Petke might be on thin ice due to conflicts with RBNY upper management, but seeing him go is still a shocker if it’s true.

This news is just the latest saga involving teams in the city that never sleeps. Frank Lampard extended his loan with Manchester City, sparking outrage from New York City FC fans.

As Sirius XM's Nicolino DiBenedetto points out, it's safe to assume that commissioner Don Garber didn't picture this debacle when he approved the formation of another New York club.

Dan Dickinson @RetirementFC

1. Petke was a Roxburgh hire. Roxburgh is gone. This was always a risk, although it shouldn’t have been a strong risk.

There have been reports of Red Bull wanting to sell the team, but Garber immediately rejected those claims in October, via MLSSoccer.com.

Mike Watts @MikeWattsOnAir

Most MLS points last 2 yrs: SEA 116 (Schmid extended 12/4) LA 114 (Arena extended 2/6) RSL 114 (Kreis to NYCFC) RBNY 109 (Petke fired)

Nicolino DiBenedetto @thenicolino

I'm going to guess this isn't what Don Garber was looking for when MLS put two teams in the NY market.

EoS @EmpireOfSoccer

So who would have guessed the most stable NY Club in 2015 would be the #NYCosmos? #RBNY #NYCFC

It will be hard to replace a man of Petke's qualities. He was clearly beloved by the supporters, especially after the success he's had as both a player and coach.

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