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Backe excited about NYRB appointment

New York Red Bulls appointed Hans Backe as its new head coach on Wednesday and the Swede was excited about his new role.

The 57-year old has managed clubs all around the world, including in Sweden with Hammarby and AIK, in Denmark with Aarlborg and FC Copenhagen, in Greece with Panathinaikos, the assistant coaching roles with the Mexico national team and Macnhester City (under Sven Goran Eriksson) and most recently the head job at ambitious English League Two club Notts County and said he was looking forward to a fresh challenge in MLS with the Red Bulls.

"Of course, I'm very, very excited to join the Red Bull New York and the Red Bull organization," he said at his unveiling last week.

"It's a massive challenge to build a team, also working with the academy rather close to improve and develop players. With this breathtaking stadium, the future looks bright for this club, that's for sure".

Backe admitted he was unsure how he would handle being a foreign coach entering the US game but was confident he knew enough about the competition to help make an impact at his new club.

"It's difficult to say (how I will go). I don't know. In a way I can't analyze what happened earlier in the past with foreign coaches," he added.

"I would say in a way I've seen around 20, 30 games with MLS teams in the InterLiga, SuperLiga, during the Mexico time. I would say the MLS, okay, it's physical football. And it looks rather similar, I would say, with Scandinavian football. Okay. I've been around in five, six, different countries, different characters, different attitude and things like that.

"But I don't like to analyze what's happened in the past. I'm just looking for the future doing it my way to build a team."

Andrew Slevison
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