First of all, an introduction: my name is Oliver Platt and I’m thrilled to be taking over as Waking the Red’s new site manager.
My day job is a similar kind of role for the UK and International editions of the soccer website Goal, and I’m hoping to utilise the experience I have acquired in that position to continue the growth of Waking the Red as the top source for comprehensive news coverage and smart analysis of Toronto FC.
In that respect, we have a great platform to build on left by Mitchell Tierney and the many others who have contributed to the site over the past couple of years. As he explained on Sunday, Mitchell is looking to reduce his role in order to focus on his studies but there will always be room here for his byline. I wish him the best of luck in the future and also over the next week or two, as I fire hundreds of ‘how do I do this?’ questions in his direction.
Which brings us to how we plan to move forward. There has been a fair amount of discussion over recent months, as TFC enjoy what looks set to be the most successful season in their history, over the lack of attention the club has received in the media compared to Toronto’s more established sporting institutions. An intelligent, diverse fan voice like Waking the Red can make a contribution towards changing that and if that’s something you’d like to be a part of, we’d love to hear from you.
Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (or, if you’re a prospective writer, by filling out this form) if you have a passion for writing, editing, graphic design, social media, video or anything else you feel could add something to the site. Give us an idea of your area of interest, your experience and how you could see yourself fitting in, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Examples of your work are, of course, very helpful too.
Things may be a little quiet over the next week or so as we take stock and I get to grips with the job, but bear with us and hopefully, together, we can continue to build this great community. I’m looking forward to it.