Reset the clock because we have a Gerhard Struber rumor about the return of a familiar suitor.
As Watford plan to return to the Championship, the club are looking for an experienced person to replace short-term employee Roy Hodgson. Athleticism reports that the Hornets are at the research stage. The list includes, but is not limited to, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Martinez, Russell Martin and, of course, Struber. There have been “high level conversations” about paying “compensation fees” in order to acquire someone (anyone) currently under contract.
The Hertfordshire club were first connected with Struber in the summer of 2020 after Barnsley’s escape from relegation. The Austrian is “eager to return to European football”, while his “representatives have remained in contact with the Watford hierarchy”. The ideal candidate will “work with young players and develop them”, which is certainly a big point on his resume.
While the New York Red Bulls team he currently manages is doing well right now, Struber has been shaking the tree for a few months at this point. His fiery pre-season press conference dates back just over two months, since crushed by a strong position on the board. Would he be able to refuse Watford and return to the Premier League?
Struber raising the stakes and abandoning a promising MLS season would be painful for Red Bulls fans, but an increasingly common scenario in the fast-paced world of global football in which the club now participates. It’s one that New York fans have indeed already gotten a taste of when Jesse Marsch skipped midway through the 2018 Shield-winning campaign for the assistant role at RB Leipzig. .
But the structures built in New York by Struber and recently deceased sports chief Kevin Thelwell are better designed to withstand management upheavals than the one that sank into mediocrity after Marsch’s exit four years ago. The current Red Bulls squad is a young and flexible unit built with the club’s distinct tactical identity in mind rather than the more hybrid assemblage of MLS veterans and reserve stars that almost immediately fell apart under Chris Armas in the 2019 campaign after slowing its pace at the end of 2018. The club also has a deeper backroom staff with diverse management experience in North America and overseas, with manager of the reserve, Gary Lewis, who left his administrative functions at liverpool and Seattle Sounders while highly regarded former New Mexico United head coach Troy Lesesne is currently one of Struber’s first-team assistants.
Nonetheless, fans are hoping Struber will stick around as his team grows. Sitting second in the Eastern Conference, he hopes to secure the Red Bulls their first home win of 2022 this Saturday against Portland before looking to become the first MLS team to win their first five away games of the week. next to DC.