For the past two years, I have had the pleasure of managing Waking the Red. It was about this time back in 2014 that I was asked whether or not I would be interested in taking over the site, and I'm sure glad I did. It has been a blast covering both Toronto FC and the Canadian Men's and Women's national teams, and this has been a great place to do that. Apparently, I have written 882 articles in that time, some of them were even readable.
In my time as managing editor, a heck of a lot happened. Toronto FC made the playoffs for the first time in their history. They brought in global stars like Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco, Jermain Defoe and Jozy Altidore. The Canadian women won an Olympic bronze medal, and hosted the 2015 Women's World Cup. The Canadian men's team did stuff, I guess.
But it has come time for me to call it quits. The past couple of months I haven't been enjoying it quite as much as I used to, and I think it is time to move on to whatever may come next. I am also going into my final year of journalism school, and should probably focus on that instead of doing this during lectures (I'm just kidding mom, sort of). I'll still be here, at least until the end of the season in a smaller capacity, and then who knows. Ride off into the sunset? Start up a site called Vocal Majority?
After a global search (I assume) my SB Nation overlords have found my replacement: a gentleman by the name of Oliver Platt. Having spoken to him, I am confident in saying that the site will be in good hands for the foreseeable future. I look forward to seeing what a fresh mind does with Waking the Red.
With that in mind, Oliver could probably use some help as he starts out in his new position. Midseason transitions aren't easy, as we have seen more than enough times with this club over the years. A more formal call for writers will go out in the next few days. But start thinking about it, and if you are interested contact Wakingthered@gmail.com.
I'd like to take the time to give a big thanks to Duncan Fletcher, I hope I haven't screwed this place up too badly. All of the time you have put into this site really made it a lot easier for me to keep it going, the audience was already here. Another special thanks to James Grossi who has stuck with me all this time despite other commitments.
Cheers to the Waking the Red crew when I first joined the site: Kristin, Dave, Armen and Adriano. Thanks to the more recent writers: Spencer, Micheal V., Michael C., Derek, James H., Raghav, Anthony and any others who may have slipped my mind over the past two years. Also to Alicia and Jeremiah and the people at SB Nation for making all of this possible.
Finally, thank you to the readers of this site. I have always appreciated the feedback, discussion and debate that my articles and the others on here have generated. That has made doing this a whole lot more fun, and the kind, understanding and passionate community here at the site is outstanding.
I'd like to thank the academy... sorry got carried away a little. At any rate, my hope is that under my guidance this site has added to the Canadian soccer discussion. I truly do feel that the sport in this country is on its way up, and the interest in this site has always been evidence of that for me.
All the best,