Nelsen quits struggling QPR and takes over as manager of Toronto
22:57 GMT, 7 January 2013
15:43 GMT, 8 January 2013
QPR defender Ryan Nelsen has taken up a post as head coach with Toronto FC.
He replaces former Arsenal and Ipswich striker Paul Mariner, who doubled as director of soccer operations, and is now likely to return to England.
On his way: Ryan Nelsen looks set to join Toronto as manager
Nelsen is still available for the R's game against Tottenham at the weekend.
He could fly back from Canada to feature in the match.
MLS side DC United had attempted to lure
the 35-year-old New Zealander to the MLS but Nelsen has been swayed by
Toronto president and general manager Kevin Payne who was an executive
at DC United when he played there previously between 2001 and 2005.
Speaking over the weekend, boss Harry Redknapp revealed his regret at the fact he was set to lose his star man.
He said: ‘There is some truth in the rumour I’m afraid. Nelsen is very important to us, a fantastic leader, a top player.
‘But he has been offered a job in America and I think there is every chance he might want to go. He wants to be a manager and it is a chance for him to manage a club.
‘He has been fantastic. I took him to Tottenham last year from Blackburn. He’s one of the best pros I’ve ever met in my life, a fantastic player, a great trainer, a leader.
‘He is a massive part of your team. To lose him would be a massive blow for us.’
Nelsen departs with QPR rock-bottom of the top flight.