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Short shelf life for Toronto’s pro coaches
April 26, 2009, 1:38 PM
Filed under: John Carver, Toronto FC

What is it with Toronto and head coaches?

This town is awfully hard on them, for some reason or another. (Oh, yeah, it might have something to do with being – there’s no polite way of saying this – losers.)

Until he announced he had resigned yesterday, John Carver of Toronto FC was the senior man among our major pro teams – at fewer than 15 months on the job.

Fare thee well, coach. Not that the Carver Era, which began with his hiring on Feb.1, 2008, will be remembered as anything at all special in terms of soccer style, substance or results. He threw a pretty good tantrum, though.

Hired to be fired, eh? Unless you quit first.

Longest coach standing is now none other than Ron Wilson of the Maple Leafs, who was hired as Paul Maurice’s successor back on June 10. Meaning, he’s senior man with a little more than 10 months of continuous service. Baby steps, right?

Wilson will celebrate his first year on the job six days before Cito Gaston does his, having taken over the Jays from fired John Gibbons on June 16.

Jay Triano stepped into Sam Mitchell’s shoes with the Raptors on Dec.3, while Bart Andrus was named as Don Matthews’ replacement with the Argonauts on Jan.16 and Jamie Batley took over the Rock from fired Glenn Clark four days later.

The one constant in the coaching profession is change. Gone are the days – at least in the pros – when a guy could have a job for life. Cornelius McGillicutty (better known as Connie Mack) managed the Philadelphia Phillies for 50 years, but it helped that he was at least a part-owner throughout that time.

Who will last the longest among the current crop of Toronto tomatoes?

It would appear that Wilson, with GM Brian Burke’s blessing, is in for the long haul.

In his second go-around, Gaston’s results have been nothing short of excellent and, at 65, he could be the one to decide when his time is up, rather than management.

Andrus, being new to the CFL and Toronto, gets at least a full season even if it is horrible.

Triano deserves a chance to start a new NBA season in charge, but GM Bryan Colangelo will have him on a short leash.

After the Rock’s dismal season, Batley can hardly feel secure.

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