Bill Manning supports Bob Bradley to restore Toronto FC as a “winning franchise”


Toronto FC President Bill Manning believes Bob Bradley is the right man to restore the club to a “winning franchise”.

Bradley was announced as the Reds’ new head coach and technical director on Wednesday after leaving LAFC, where he spent four years as the club’s first coach ever.

The 63-year-old led LAFC to three MLS Cup finals during his time at the Banc of California Stadium. The Black and Gold won the Supporters’ Shield 2019 with a total number of points (72) and reached the Concacaf Champions League final in 2020.

Throughout his coaching career, Bradley has won titles in the MLS Cup and US Open Cup with the Chicago Fire and taken the USMNT to three Gold Cup finals – victory in 2007 – and a FIFA Confederations Cup final in 2009.

Given his impressive resume – which also includes three MLS Coach of the Year awards – it’s no wonder Manning believes Bradley is the right man to turn things around in Toronto after a slump in 2021 that caused them to miss the playoffs.

“I always thought Bob was a guy I would like to run my team,” Manning told reporters (via “Circumstances made it possible this year. Things came together very quickly. I think he’s the right guy at the right time for this club. I’m really excited. ”

Manning added: “Bob will put his own stamp on this franchise and I look forward to him doing so. He has what it takes to put together a winning franchise.”

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– Toronto FC (@TorontoFC) November 24, 2021

One of the first issues that Bradley and Manning must solve is the future of DP striker Jozy Altidore. The 32-year-old is a legend in Toronto with his goals that push the club to a number of trophies. But the injuries have caught up with Altidore, who is believed to be about to leave despite having another year left on his contract.

“Jozy’s situation is unclear, it’s part of the problem,” Bradley said of Altidore, with whom he worked during his time as USMNT head coach. “It’s up in the air, it seems like only a cloud is lingering. There will be discussions, that part must be clear.”

Manning did not shed light on the situation and told reporters: “Jozy is under contract. I think everything is open with us right now.”

While the club continues to work on Altidore’s situation, Bradley will now turn his attention to preparing for the 2022 season. TFC will start the campaign away at FC Dallas on February 26 before taking on the New York Red Bulls in early March.

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