While the Frenchman has been floated as a possibility after being fired as OGC Nice manager, TSN soccer analyst Kristian Jack poured could water on reports suggesting Vieira will make an MLS return with the Reds. According to Jack, Toronto have arrived at a shortlist without Vieira's name and are soon preparing to make an offer.
Sources: Patrick Vieira is not under consideration to be Toronto FC head coach. Contrary to other reports the Frenchman has not been offered a contract to coach the club. The club have narrowed their search to a shortlist & will be looking to offer a contract soon. #TFCLive— Kristian Jack (@KristianJack) January 6, 2021
Jack's reporting would come in opposition to updates from Kevin Laramee and Duane Rollins, which further ignited rumors of Vieira heading to the BMO Field touchline.
I can confirm that a contract offer has been sent to Patrick Vieira by #TFClive for the vacant TFC manager position.— Kevin Laramee ⚽🎙🏎 (@KevLaramee) January 5, 2021
Everything that we have heard suggests the #TFCLive job is going to go to Patrick Vieira -- an offer is out.— Duane Rollins (@24thminute) January 4, 2021
I wouldn't read much into there not being an announcement yet. They'll want someone in place before the draft, likely (Jan 21). Still some time.
Toronto have been looking for a new head coach since Greg Vanney departed the club in early December, only to be take the same position at the LA Galaxy. One of MLS’s most successful clubs in recent years, they won MLS Cup in 2017 and lost in the 2018 Concacaf Champions League final. This past season, Toronto FC earned the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed in the Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and Alejandro Pozuelo was named the 2020 Landon Donovan MLS MVP.
Last week, MLSsoccer.com's Dylan Butler and Tom Bogert reported that former New York Red Bulls boss Chris Armas has interviewed for the opening in Toronto. There are also reports of former US men’s national team defender Steve Cherundolo being in consideration, with Cherundolo carrying assistant roles at VfB Stuttgart, Hannover 96 and Germany’s U-15 national team on his résumé.
Whatever comes of Toronto’s opening, the job is clearly a coveted one given their roster and winning tradition as of late. And while the dots connecting Vieira to an MLS return seem logical, he very well might not join the Reds.