TFC parts ways with head coach Nelsen
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Toronto FC has parted ways with head coach Ryan Nelsen, the club announced on Sunday.
In the wake of Saturday's 3-0 home loss to the New England Revolution, TFC brass felt it was time for a change and assistant general manager and academy director Greg Vanney will take the reins in Toronto with 10 games remaining in the regular season.
"I believe in the group of players we have here at Toronto FC. This is a group that we know is capable of winning and it's our job to put them in a position to be successful. Our recent results have fallen below our expectations and a change was needed," said Toronto FC general manager Tim Bezbatchenko. "Greg is a person that possesses all the qualities that align with our vision for Toronto FC. I'd like to thank Ryan and the coaches for their efforts and wish them well in their future endeavors."
Nelsen was originally hired on January 8, 2013. In two seasons, Nelsen led Toronto FC to a combined record of 18-28-18 in league play, and the Canadian Championship.
In addition to Nelsen, assistant coaches Fran O�Leary, Jim Brennan, Duncan Oughton, goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr, and strength and conditioning coach Adrian Lamb have all been relieved of their duties.
Vanney, 40, will be TFC's ninth manager in its eight-year existence, including two interim coaches. He does not have any head coaching experience, but brings plenty of experience to the job having been capped 36 times for the U.S. and has featured as a player for L.A., FC Dallas, Colorado and D.C. United.
"I'm very honored to be named head coach of Toronto FC and I am looking forward to working with an exceptional group of players," said Vanney. "This is a time for all of us to come together and achieve our goal of making the playoffs for the first time in club history. We're in a good position in the standings. I know the players in our room believe in each other and we are looking forward to a positive response on Wednesday."
Vanney's first test will be against the Philadelphia Union on Wednesday at PPL Park.
08/31 18:35:14 ET