Wednesday, 23rd January, 2013

Ryan Nelsen has confirmed that he will leave QPR to take over at Toronto FC on 1st February.

The tough-tackling defender was announced as Toronto’s new head coach recently, but was in the tricky situation of still being a player at Loftus Road and in the thick of a relegation battle with QPR.

No date could be put on when Nelsen would land at the club when he was confirmed as Toronto boss and QPR manager Harry Redknapp was reluctant to lose the reliable performer.

But well aware of the criticism over his absence in Toronto, Nelsen is heading to take over at the MLS side on 1st February, meaning his last QPR match should be against Manchester City on 29th January.


"We had a talk and we needed to give QPR as much time as possible to bring in a replacement", Nelsen told his new club’s official site.

"If they knew I was leaving earlier, it would have been harder in the transfer window."

The 35-year-old is relishing dipping his toe into the coaching pool, but faces a tough task at Toronto.

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