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MLSE signs Toronto FC President Bill Manning to a 5-year contract extension

Toronto FC secure the faces of their front office for the long term.

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Toronto FC president Bill Manning celebrates after a victory against Atlanta United in the Eastern Conference Final at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
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TORONTO, Canada—Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) announced today that it has agreed to a five-year contract extension with Bill Manning, the President of Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts.

The deal will run through the 2025 Major League Soccer and Canadian Football League seasons.

“MLSE’s ownership is extremely proud of the strength of the organization’s leadership at all levels, but that is especially true within our teams where we have some of the strongest leaders in our respective leagues,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of MLSE in a press release. “Bill has brought invaluable experience to MLSE as President of TFC and the Argos, but more importantly, he has had an important hand in creating a company culture focused on winning and giving back to our community.”

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“When I joined MLSE six years ago as TFC President, I stressed the importance of stability and continuity to achieve our goal of a championship, and we achieved that goal in 2017,” added Manning. “Today I am thankful to our ownership group for their belief in me and I am so appreciative of all the talented staff members and great players who have worked with me here in Toronto. We will continue to fill the TFC trophy case, and I look forward to lifting the Grey Cup soon with Michael Clemons and Ryan Dinwiddie. I’m grateful to the fans of both TFC and the Argos for welcoming me and my family to this special city and for all of their support.”

Since arriving in Toronto in October 2015, Manning has been a serial winner. He has helped TFC advance to three MLS Cups (2016, 2017 and 2019) while winning the MLS Cup and the Supporters’ Shield in 2017 and winning three consecutive Canadian Championships (2016, 2017 and 2018).

A two-time MLS Executive of the Year, Manning is one of the most successful executives in MLS history having achieved great success with Real Salt Lake as well before joining TFC—including his first MLS Cup in 2009.

In January, 2018, Manning, 55, also added the responsibilities of President of the Toronto Argonauts when the Canadian Football League franchise was acquired by MLSE.

Earlier this week, Toronto FC came to terms with General Manager Ali Curtis on a multi-year extension, ensuring the Reds’ front office is locked up for the long-term future.

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