By FRANCO PANIZO
No matter how this season ends for the New York Red Bulls, Andy Roxburgh is on his way out.
Roxburgh, the Red Bulls’ sporting director, will leave the club at the end of the current campaign, sources have confirmed to SBI. It is not clear if the 71-year-old Scotsman is being relieved of his duties or choosing to leave on his own.
Roxburgh has been at the club for approximately two years. He was appointed sporting director by the Red Bulls in November 2012, and helped build the roster that won the franchise its first significant piece of silverware via the Supporters’ Shield in 2013.
This season, Roxburgh has been criticized at times for not making good offseason acquisitions. The Red Bulls chose to keep around a chunk of last year’s roster, citing continuity as a key factor for their vision in 2013. The club added veterans in Bobby Convey, Richard Eckersley and Armando, none of which has provided a significant impact.
Youngsters Ambroise Oyongo and Chris Duvall were signed and drafted, respectively, this past winter, and have made more positive contributions to the club.
Despite the lack of roster moves, New York has fought off its mixed results through the midway point of the campaign and is currently on a run of good form that has clinched the club a playoffs spot for the fifth consecutive season.
The Red Bulls are currently in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with two games remaining. They can drop to fifth or finish as high as second depending how results go in these final two weeks of the season.
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