July 12th, 2024

MLSE parts ways with Toronto FC, Argonauts president Bill Manning


By Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press on July 11, 2024.

Toronto FC President Bill Manning speaks to the media during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday, June 27, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Arlyn McAdorey

TORONTO – Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment has parted ways with Bill Manning, president of Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts.

MLSE says Manning’s exit was by mutual decision.

Toronto FC (7-13-3) is sliding down the MLS Eastern Conference standings having lost six straight in league play and is winless in nine (0-7-2). News of Manning’s departure comes the morning after a 2-1 loss to CPL champion Forge FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal.

The Toronto Argonauts are 2-2-0 this season.

Manning was named TFC president in October 2015 and later added the title of Argos president when the Canadian Football League franchise was acquired by MLSE in January 2018.

While TFC won the treble in 2017, the club has not made the playoffs since 2020, when it lost in the first round.

As part of the transition, Toronto FC general manager Jason Hernandez and Argonauts GM Michael Clemons will report directly to MLSE president and CEO Keith Pelley.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 11, 2024

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