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Carnell On Joining Red Bulls, Leaving Pirates And What Lies Ahead

Newly appointed New York Red Bulls assistant coach, Bradley Carnell, says that Irvin Khoza gave him the chance to spread his wings by letting him leave the club.
It was confirmed yesterday evening that the 40-year-old has completed his move to the United States, and the Siya crew has been informed that he will be on the bench as soon as this weekend when they face Houston Dynamo.
Carnell is rising quickly in the coaching world, having started out with the University of Johannesburg before joining Free State Stars, and then progressing to the assistant coaching position at Orlando Pirates.
Now, as he jets out to the Big Apple to work alongside Jesse Marsch, the former Bafana Bafana defender has explained to the crew how his move came about.
He said, “It stems from 2001 when Ralf Rangnick was my coach at Stuttgart, and I had one of my best playing stints under him. It was a good time for him as a coach and me as a player. We made it to the UEFA Cup and we maintained a link. In 2014 we reignited our relationship. We’ve been in constant exchanges since then, and now he’s part of the global brand with Red Bull. The Stuttgart imprint is quite big within the brand now.”
And what are his plans with regards to furthering his coaching education? He explained, “I got off to a good start in coaching, and in 2015 I went to Germany and did my badges. My studies battled though when I joined a club, but now to be part of a franchise that has a so much scope is perfect for me.
“When we have a break in the calendar it’s a lot more accessible for me to move on with my coaching badges, whether I do them in America or Europe. Red Bulls are a huge brand, really big. I just want to leave the emotions aside though, and focus on the job. We do what we do in this industry because we’ve become thick skinned, so I won’t let anything affect me. I want to take things in my stride.”
Lastly, when asked about his departure from Pirates and how it was misunderstood by some members of the public, Carnell went on to say, “A lot of people who I was close to knew my movements, and going overseas as a coach is something that I’ve always wanted to do. The chairman gave me the chance to spread my wings. I had a long-standing deal with Pirates that I didn’t think was in danger, if I was doing a bad job then I’d have had it terminated when Muhsin (Ertugral) left.”

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