By Jason De Vos TSN
DEVOS: HIRING OF NELSEN WILL DEFINE PAYNE’S TENURE WITH TFC
Toronto FC president Kevin Payne announced at a news conference on Tuesday that Ryan Nelsen has been hired as the club’s new head coach, with Fran O’Leary joining the club as Assistant Coach and Director of Player Recruitment. Former head coach, Paul Mariner, has left the club.
It is, without a doubt, the most bizarre coaching appointment ever made in Major League Soccer.
Nelsen is currently playing for Queens Park Rangers in the English Premier League – a situation that neither Nelsen nor Payne could confirm would be resolved any time soon. In fact, QPR’s website carried the following message to its fans: