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Jozy Altidore slams Bill Manning over sacked fitness instructor – Waking The Red

After Toronto FC‘s 4-3 success over Minnesota United on Friday, many of the club remained in relatively high spirits (if a little dissatisfied with yielding 3 goals). However, Jozy Altidore came out to attend to press reporters with a less positive topic in mind.

You’ve likely already heard that Altidore differed with the reality that a trainer he utilized to work with is no longer with the club. I have no opinion on this at the minute, so I have actually chosen to supply his remarks in complete, and allow them to speak for themselves.

I’ve included in the concerns for information in a couple areas, however this is practically it; the very first concern asked remained in relation to him coming off late in the game with an injury. He did, at the end, add that the new hybrid pitch was wonderful, but that was the only other subject.

Michael Bradley’s remarks are added at the end also.


It’s bittersweet due to the fact that this could’ve been prevented. You’ll need to ask [club president] Expense Manning why it’s not prevented, it’s just frustrating … We had a trainer here the last 3 years who’s been assisting me with muscle injuries, however due to the fact that he was attached to Seba, he’s not enabled in the club, which I think is absurd. And so now this is what I’m faced with, games of egos, and that thing. Hopefully he can put his ego aside and I can get the man who’s kept me healthy, kept Michael healthy, kept a bunch of the guys healthy, and we can make things progress. To run a club you have actually got to have the ability to put your ego aside and put the gamers initially, so ideally that’ll alter.

I was trying to survive it, I was having trouble all week, but again, like I stated, the person I was working with the previous 3 and a half, 4 years, is not enabled in the building, and it’s simply– you offer whatever for your city, you offer everything on the field, you give whatever for your colleagues, and because of a little whatever, misconstruing with a man, the gamers got ta pay the price. I just believe that’s absurd.

[Has Bill explained the reasoning?]

You can ask him. He’s not here, he’s not around, so you can’t discover him. You go to his office, he’s not there, he’s traveling, he’s this and that. I wish I knew, but I don’t understand.

[Was this trainer employed by the club?]

He was utilized by the club, and as quickly as Seba left he was ended. But I take complete obligation, I’m a professional undoubtedly, however what works works, and I just wish to know why we have to let certain things get in the method of our success as a group.


Michael Bradley also dealt with Jozy’s comments:

There’s a lot going on behind the scenes in terms of trying to make certain that we can have the best medical staff in location, and obviously Greg [Vanney], Jim Liston, Ali [Curtis], Bill [Manning], they’re all working hard to try to ensure that as players we have whatever we need. Jozy is a person who feels like at this point in his profession he understands precisely what he needs to do day in and day out to keep himself healthy and healthy and ready to play at the highest level. I’m confident there’s an option here due to the fact that I think a lot of us certainly feel highly, again making certain that the personnel behind the scenes remains in location and is ideal.

I think that in time it will definitely get taken care of. Certainly after a video game there’s emotion, great and bad. Big three points, however disappointment to lose one of our best, essential gamers. I definitely understand his aggravation, I’m with him, however I’m hopeful that we can discover behind the scenes the best solution for everyone.

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