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    Default Bill Manning appointed TFC President

    Larson reporting that former Real Salt Lake team president Bill Manning has been hired as TFC team president.
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    Interesting, will be fun to see how he uses a club with the financial might of mlse.

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    So much for the Italian management project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    So much for the Italian management project.
    Lthis makes way more sense imo

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    in the end, MLS experience trumps over all other considerations

    Manning is an interesting case. He did a lot to turn a previously unknown market at SLC into a soccer loving town on a limited budget. Kinda remarkable actually. So he knows a bit about brand building and he'll fight tooth and nail to preserve the TFC experience at BMO Field.
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    My first reaction was that it perhaps was less ambitious but positions TFC well within the MLSE structure, and has instant credibility within MLS.
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    He's been involved with the league for almost a decade now. I wonder if that will be enough MLS experience for some of us?

    Jokes aside, I'm pretty stoked about this news. RSL has become a solid organization in MLS under his leadership, with successes both on and of the pitch. Just think what he could bring to the table with the financial backing of Rogers and Bell.
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    A real positive is that he will already know Vanney's strong and weak points from RSL, can properly evaluate him without feeling a need to dump him just to "get his own guy."

    Also Vanney will have worked for him before, so there is already that relationship. Bez will know him from Bez's time at the league office.

    Having a president shows MLSE taking TFC seriously. No downsides that I can see to this.
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    Seems like a great move by all accounts.

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    FINALLY!! This is what many of us have been begging for for years. An experienced soccer guy as the president (and NOT GM) of the club. Someone who can be a steady presence at the top of the organizational structure, have the competence to guide the direction of the organization, while not being directly liable for results.

    We asked for one in 2012 when the club was a complete circus with the likes of Mariner and the Cock running the show through lies and taking advantage of Anselmi's complete lack of understanding of the game. What we got was an improvement over that, but it was fucked from the beginning because it was a president AND GM. Leiweke taking over all of MLSE was the closest thing we've had to a real president at TFC, because he actually had a clue, but from practically the beginning he was already on his way out again. Now, three years after we really started to ask for one, we finally have that president, and I couldn't be happier with his experience. This is a guy who has the experience that I can trust him to hire and fire people

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    Solid move. I'd rather have him as pres than someone from overseas who doesn't know the league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yohan View Post
    in the end, MLS experience trumps over all other considerations

    Manning is an interesting case. He did a lot to turn a previously unknown market at SLC into a soccer loving town on a limited budget. Kinda remarkable actually. So he knows a bit about brand building and he'll fight tooth and nail to preserve the TFC experience at BMO Field.
    We agree and hope you are correct about preserving the TFC experience at BMO!

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    About time!! Nice to know we will have a soccer guy on our side!!!

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    Great move. Really the ideal candidate to work as the link between Bez and MLSE.

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    I think this is an excellent move and since we now have a bonafide president its time we move to a more traditional structure with Vanney as full manager. I'm still not comfortable with Bez as GM and making talent evaluation decisions, I rather they retain him for contracts and league negotiations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    I think this is an excellent move and since we now have a bonafide president its time we move to a more traditional structure with Vanney as full manager. I'm still not comfortable with Bez as GM and making talent evaluation decisions, I rather they retain him for contracts and league negotiations.
    If you look at RSL, they had Lagerway as "GM." He just did the contracts, maybe watched the "cap," Kreis built the team. I imagine TFC will follow the same path.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    If you look at RSL, they had Lagerway as "GM." He just did the contracts, maybe watched the "cap," Kreis built the team. I imagine TFC will follow the same path.
    What's your source on this? There are numerous references out there to Lagerway Scouting and his network.

    I fail to see any negatives about this move. Hopefully it frees up some of the staff to focus on the team more while Manning handles the business side.
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    Kind of reminiscent of the Kevin Payne move. Hopefully, things work out for the better this time around.

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    Wait, so what exactly is his role as president?
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    Nice to see as per Kurt Larson's tweet.

    Kurtis Larson@KurtLarSUN 23m23 minutes ago
    New TFC president Bill Manning tells @TheTorontoSun he plans to meet with supporters: 'Absolutely. One of the first things I did at RSL."

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    This seems like a very sensible hire.

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    I don't really understand these team President structures. I mean, now that he hired Lamoriello, what does Shanahan do all day?

    I would have vastly preferred Lagerwey because that Talent ID skillset is so difficult in MLS.

    I think I am agnostic on this hire, until I see what he does with Bez (maybe Vanney too). I am tired of the MLSE special, where the new guy has to work with people hired by others.

    It may be that Bez needs to go as a demonstration of a healthy functioning FO (I say that regardless of your opinion of Bez).
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    On paper, seems like a good hire, but Toronto isn't small market like Salt Lake so it will be interesting to see if new president can adjust to this market and culture (big money spending to dealing with politics of MLSE ownership).

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    What's happening at RSL??

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    Really like this signing, seems like Manning was the best 'MLS guy' available. Hopefully our FO is now settled and we finally see some stability for the next few years.

 

 

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