It’s been a busy few days for Gerard Houllier, the French manager and head of global football for Red Bull.
In the past few days, the New York Red Bulls have had to dismiss reports that the club is up for sale. Alexi Lalas confirmed on ESPN during the Union/Fire match tonight that Red Bull sources say they are in NY for the long haul (He also said, “Every team is for sale”, so keep that in mind).
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And now Houllier seems to confirm that Thierry Henry will not be with the team next year, and could be retiring from the game (SI’s Grant Wahl reported a similar sentiment earlier this week).
“He views this as the end of his career, and it’s possible that these are his last matches. Perhaps he will go play somewhere else, but it will not with be the Red Bulls.”
Henry was coy on retirement rumors earlier this year, but the writing does seem to be on the wall.
The Red Bulls have just four regular season matches left; home Saturday to Houston, Oct. 11 vs. Toronto FC, Oct. 19 against Columbus and a loan road match Oct. 26 against Sporting KC.