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New York Red Bulls extend contract of sporting director Denis Hamlett

Aug 13, 2016; Harrison, NJ, USA; Before becoming sporting director, Denis Hamlett served a New York Red Bulls assistant coach.(Noah K. Murray/USA TODAY Sports)

While Jesse Marsch’s stats as New York Red Bulls coach could change imminently, if the rumors and reports out of Germany are true that he’s set to fill the vacancy at Red Bull Leipzig, the club has no doubt about the future of their sporting director with Denis Hamlett being signed to a contact extension, the Red Bulls announced Friday.

Additional terms of what is being called a “multi-year deal” were not disclosed.

“On behalf of the entire organization, I’d like to congratulate Denis,” Red Bulls general manager Marc de Grandpre said in a statement. “His leadership and direction have made a positive impact across our organization and paved the way for a bright future.”

Hamlett, a former Red Bulls assistant coach for two years, assumed the role in 2017 and has hired a new director of the club’s academy, David Longwell, restructured the scouting department, as well as successfully re-signed Bradley Wright-Phillips, Danny Royer and Sean Davis, executed a trade to land Tim Parker and signed Kaku to a young designated player contract in the offseason.

Marsch said he announced to his team the news of Hamlett’s contract extension before training on Friday.

I think the consistency, the understanding of who we are, the leadership contribution that he brings on a daily basis, his knowledge of the league, his knowledge of the standards and rules and everything has meant that he’s done a good job,” Marsch said. “His skill set and knowledge has put us in position to succeed, so I’m happy for him and I hope more than anything that this club continues to have a foundation where all of us can continue to build and grow and continue to really have success here with the philosophy of what we have and I think Denis will be important to that.”

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