John Carver Quits Toronto Football Club

25 April 2009

Well I cannot say I'm shocked about this one. The writing looked to be on the wall Wednesday night.

According to the Globe and Mail in Canada, John Carver has quit as manager of Toronto Football Club with immediate effect. He was only on the job fifteen months and will most likely be remembered for two things; the first being his very outspoken nature towards officials and the second for failing miserably to get TFC into the CONCACAF Champions League.

It wasn't a big secret that Carver wanted back at Newcastle United if Alan Shearer were to ever take over as manager. With Shearer back in charge, all he needed was a reason to get out of town. With Carver feeling he didn't get the proper backing by TFC for his rant of the refereeing in their 3-2 loss against FC Dallas, that was the straw that broke the camel's back. Carver stayed in a private box for Toronto's win over Chivas USA, and it hindsight we should have had our first clue something of this nature was going to happen.

If Carver was going to quit, he should have done it on Thursday morning. To do so 24 hours before a game, is simply put, the cheap, pathetic, and disgraceful way out. I hope he enjoys being an assistant manager to a Championship side next season.

In a way I'll miss Carver. He wasn't afraid to let his mind be known. MLS needs more managers like that in the league. It also will be interesting to see who Toronto appoints as full time manager. In my mind they have enough pieces to the puzzle to be a contender. The only question is can they find the man to put them all together.


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