Apparently not according to a report from the New York Post.
Paulo Sousa, who was the frontrunner for the Red Bulls job after Andy Roxburgh and Jerome de Bontin fought off Gary McAllister, turned down the gig according to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, even after he stepped down from his post at Hungarian side Videoton. He was subsequently connected with a job at Tottenham Hotspur, who he praised for hiring current head coach Andre Villas Boas.
But wedged into that timeline somewhere Sousa had his visa turned down, the second such unfortunate instance with the Red Bulls in the last year.
Guess I'm going to have to take back that whole "mercenary" thing, eh?
In other news, Mike Petke has moved forward with filling out his staff and, according to the same Post report, he's looking on bringing in former Chivas USA boss Robin Fraser.
And one more tidbit from the Post story, something that should allay the fears Petke will bump heads with Thierry Henry...
"The first thing I asked (Roxburgh), I needed to make sure the players - not just the key players, but (all of) our players - are on board with this. I need to know that everybody's happy,'' said Petke. "If people are not behind me, then we need to talk about this, because it's about the team first."