Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Toronto happy to play waiting game
by Paul Kennedy, January 9th, 2013 4:39AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  americans abroad, mls, toronto fc

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS SPOTLIGHT] Toronto FC has a new head coach -- sort of. It confirmed the hiring of New Zealand international Ryan Nelsen as head coach to replace interim coach Paul Mariner with one not so small condition. Nelsen will not be available to coach until he has finished his playing season with Queen's Park Rangers in England in the spring. In the meantime, Fran O'Leary, a college coach for more than 20 years, most recently at Division III Bowdoin, will be in charge of the team.

Kevin Payne
, recently installed as president and general manager at Toronto FC, is willing to wait for Nelsen to fulfill his obligations with relegation candidate QPR.

"My feeling about Ryan is that he's going to be leading this team for five years to come," Payne said Tuesday at a press conference to introduce Nelsen, "and if I have to wait a couple of months to start that process, I can afford to wait. I'd rather do that than make the wrong decision or decision I didn't want to make for the short-term."

Nelsen, who played for Payne at D.C. United after coming out of Stanford, is the third head coach Payne has hired straight out of the playing ranks.

"You understand, by definition, they don't have coaching experience but they have the intangibles that make them leaders," Payne said. "And that's the most important quality. They need the right kind of support around them."

O'Leary has 24 years of head coaching experience but no experience at the pro level.His first Division I job was at Dartmouth, where he succeeded Bobby Clark, who moved first to New Zealand and then to Stanford, where Nelsen played.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Garber: 'Nobody's looking for a work stoppage'    
Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston on Friday, MLS commissioner Don Garber ...
What They're Saying: Univision's Juan Carlos Rodriguez    
"If the rights are already fixed, there's little incentive to FIFA to award 2026 to the ...
2015 MLS Preseason Action    
The MLS preseason wraps up on Saturday with 18 of 20 teams in action, all but ...
MLS issues record fine to owner Dell Loy Hansen    
One MLS owner, Real Salt Salt's Dell Loy Hansen, has not been shy about expressing his ...
id2 tour kicks off Monday in Argentina    
The id2 National Selection will kick off its tour of Argentina with the first of four ...
Concacaf Under-17 Championship television schedule    
The USA kicks off play in the Concacaf Under-17 Championship Friday against Cuba in San Pedro ...
USA enjoys long history of U-17 regional success    
The U.S. U-17s will get a chance at the 2015 Concacaf Under-17 Championship to avenge the ...
D.C. United sadly outclassed in Costa Rica    
Alajuelense jumped on top early and pounded D.C. United, 5-2, in the first leg of their ...
What They're Saying: Luis Suarez    
"I do not understand why they [the English media] want to do this. They want to ...
MLS Countdown 2015: Quakes test out new home    
DAY 7: Last in the Western Conference last year, San Jose heads into 2015 with a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives