Hans Backe is back in the coaching game.
The former head coach of the New York Red Bulls hasn't had a coaching gig since being relieved of his duties in Harrison at the end of the 2012 season. But he has now been confirmed as the new head coach of the Finland men's national team.
Per reports from the Finnish media, Backe will spared the task of trying to revive his new team's hopes of UEFA Euro 2016 qualification. Finland has struggled through six qualifying matches to date, accumulating just four points. The team will be hoping to match that total from its next two games: a trip to Greece - the only team in the group with fewer points than the Finns - and a home game against the Faroe Islands.
But realistically, Finland must now focus on 2018 World Cup qualification, and that is the job Backe has been hired to to do. It is reported he will take up his new position on January 1, 2016.