Longtime Toronto FC coach Greg Vanney steps down

Dec 1 2020, 5:50 pm

After seven years at the helm, Greg Vanney is stepping down as head coach and technical director of Toronto FC.

The 46-year-old leaves Toronto as the most successful and longest-tenured coach in club history.

“I want to thank Mr. Tanenbaum, the board of directors and MLSE for their unwavering support for the past seven years,” said Vanney. “Thank you to all of the TFC staff and players for the incredible experiences we’ve shared together during this journey. I’m forever grateful to each of you. Lastly, to the TFC Fans. You’re truly amazing and the memories and emotions from our biggest nights together will be cherished.”

Vanney took over a team that had never made the playoffs and turned it into a perennial contender. TFC went to three MLS Cup Finals during his tenure, with the club capturing its first league championship in 2017.

Vanney has coached the team for a club record of 250 matches, tallying 112 wins, which is also the most in TFC history. The team has made the playoffs in five of the last six seasons under Vanney, including this past year.

“I wish Greg nothing but the best in the future,” said Toronto FC President Bill Manning. “Back in 2014, he took over the head coach duties for a team that had never made the playoffs and turned them into an MLS champion. More than that, he is of high character and a great family man. I thank him for time well served for our club, his legacy here in Toronto is secure.”

“During the time that I got to work with Greg, I was so impressed with his knowledge of the game, his passion for teaching and his ability to connect with players. Getting to the MLS Cup Final last year and contending until the final week this year for the Supporters’ Shield, despite so many obstacles, shows what type of coach, man, and friend that he is,” said Toronto FC General Manager Ali Curtis. “I will miss working with Greg and wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavours.”

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