Reports out of Europe that have tabbed Walter Mazzarri as a possible candidate to take over at Toronto FC appear to be unfounded.
Amid reports that Greg Vanney’s job could be in trouble after being embarrassed by Canadian rivals Montreal in the first round of the playoffs, David Amoyal of GianlucaDiMarzio.com reported that Mazzarri was a possible target.
The report stated that since Mazzarri left Inter Milan in 2014, he has spent time in Manchester to work on his English in the hopes of finding another high-profile job.
However, ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle says Toronto FC president Bill Manning shot that rumor down.
Toronto FC’s season was a total roller coaster. They struggled early on, prompting many to believe Vanney would be fired due to the talent he was provided. The club turned things around, pushing for their first-ever playoff appearance. However, they were trounced on the final regular season game by Montreal which forced them out of a bye, and they were thumped by Montreal again in the first round to end their season.
Mazzarri has spent his entire managerial career in Italy, finding his big break during a four-year stint at Napoli which earned him the job at Inter. However, he was unable to turn things around at the San Siro, and he was dismissed a year and change into his tenure.
This may not end Mazzarri’s MLS prospects. According to reports in Italy, Mazzarri is shopping himself around the United States looking for a team that might be interested in his services.