Greg Vanney and Tim Bezbatchenko will be leading Toronto FC for the foreseeable future. The club announced that the head coach and general manager have both signed long-term extensions on Friday morning.
The renewals are entirely unsurprising given the Reds sit joint-top of MLS, are coming off a home MLS Cup final and are widely regarded as one of, if not the healthiest club in the league.
The Reds have complemented what might be the best trio of designated players in MLS with a supporting group made up of league veterans, promising young talent and affordable imports from abroad. They will return to the CONCACAF Champions League next season and hope to soon see the fruits of a revamped academy.
The third member of the front-office brain trust is president Bill Manning, who joined the club two years after Bezbatchenko and a little over a year after Vanney was promoted to head coach. “Since joining Toronto FC I have preached the importance of stability to help build long-term success,” Manning said. “Under the leadership of Tim and Greg we have witnessed a significant cultural change at Toronto FC where winning is an expectation.
“Together, they have helped transform Toronto FC into a perennial contender for championships.”
Bezbatchenko, 35, was named the club’s general manager on September 20, 2013. He will add the title of ‘senior vice-president of soccer operations’ with his new deal having joined the Reds after working in a role that saw him oversee transfers and contracts for the league.
Vanney, a former MLS player who also had a spell in Ligue 1, initially joined the club as a noted academy specialist not long after Bezbatchenko’s appointment. He was named assistant general manager and academy director.
The 43-year-old was appointed head coach - as well as technical director - on August 31, 2014 and holds comfortably the best win percentage (45%) of any coach in Toronto FC history. He is the only manager to have taken TFC to the playoffs.