"In response to inquiries, the ESC Board has issued the following statement in regards to firing of head coach Mike Petke:
The Empire Supporters Club is highly disappointed in today's managerial change by the New York Red Bulls. Mike Petke, a beloved player and coach for this team, won the Supporters' Shield in 2013 and advanced to the conference finals in 2014. He was fired because Ali Curtis felt like it, nothing more, nothing less. If this is Mr. Curtis' idea of connecting or ingratiating himself with the fans, then he either has a very rough time ahead of him, or someone will show mercy on him and make his tenure as sporting director very short.
Mike Petke is the only person to have a lifetime membership with the ESC, and is welcome to join us anywhere at any time. He will be welcomed as a hero, as he should be. Thank you for your service, Mike."
The front office must be crapping their pants!!!! Very powerful stuff.
For anyone saying an ESC member is organizing the billboard....while true, let's use our brains a little. If an ESC member robs a bank on his own time, is ESC a bank robber group?
I posted this last week......the official supporters group position is to:
1. Show up at the 1st game of the season.
2. Drink beers and laugh.
3. Pat each other on the back and have a grand old time.
Nothing in the world will get in the way of their own good time....NOTHING!
And if that's the way the supporters groups want to run themselves, I 100% completely advocate for their right to do so. I may not agree but will defend their right to govern themselves however they please.