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Red Bulls managing director Marc deGrandpre has resigned. He is leaving the club to take a position with another company.
DeGrandpre informed the team at a meeting this afternoon. According to sources, deGrandpre decision to leave was his own. He leaves Red Bull after nine years with the soft drink company and two years after being chosen to run Red Bull New York.
My initial reaction? Losing deGrandpre isn’t something that should hurt the team on the field, but it remains to be seen what kind of approach his replacement will take and whether the replacement will stick to the business side or get involved with the soccer-side of things.
Ultimately, deGrandpre was a businessman who knew nothing about soccer and that ignorance hurt the club more than his business acumen helped. He was in charge of the team as it finally saw its stadium project become a reality so he will get credit for that, but as far as his overall tenure with the club, it isn’t a term that can be considered a memorable one.
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