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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Is anyone in charge at TFC? De Ro joins Celtic after Cochrane rubbishes rumour

Earl Cochrane says the above picture doesn't exist

In perhaps the most shocking display that ML$E's brand new "braintrust" is as broken as the Mo Johnston era's, Toronto FC star (and best player all-time) Dwayne De Rosario has officially joined Glasgow giants Celtic on trial this morning. The trial isn't overwhelmingly surprising but what is a shock and a major black eye for TFC is that "Not-really-interim-at-all" Director Earl Cochrane denied the rumours of De Ro leaving for Celtic less than 24 hours ago! That means that while Cochrane, who is far closer to a PR man than a GM, was releasing a statement to Toronto media denying the trial, De Ro was relaxing in a Scottish hotel waiting to suit up this morning.
 
If the early morning rumours are true and De Rosario went to Glasgow without permission from TFC it will give plenty of fuel to the star's sometimes reactionary group of detractors in his hometown. However, even the biggest anti-De Ro naysayer has to agree that he is TFC's most important player right now and for Cochrane, who is obviously being groomed as the next GM, to not even know if he is getting ready to suit up with another club reeks of amateur hour. Whether or not Cochrane and TFC even knew about the trial is beyond knowledge at the moment but that is really no excuse. Yes, De Ro is an ambitious person who could have taken the trial on by himself but there isn't a "real" director anywhere in the world who wouldn't have heard about it first.
 
While so much more will come out and be written over the next few days about this supposed trial and whether it will lead to a transfer or a loan, it isn't the player movement that is really important. De Ro is a great player and losing him would hurt - but not ruin the team. The real ruin of this team is the amateur actions of a "new" head office run by Earl Cochrane who don't even have the football connections to hear about their star player suiting up with another club... while under contract! It does not bode well for the future. Many supporters have drifted into the "let's give Earl a chance" mode that ML$E wants you to eat up. But, take this as a BIG alarm bell that Cochrane is not ready for this stage and Toronto FC should not be where PR men get to "play" as Director and learn on the job. The spin from ML$E will be "bad De Ro, poor Earl". Don't buy it.

Anyone want to take odds on a TFC story announcing a new coach by New Year's today?
 
 
MORE UPDATES ON DE RO TO CELTIC WHEN AVAILABLE

UPDATE: Toronto FC released an official statement reiterating their complete innocence and ignorance that their star player is training with another club. It's okay though - Earl's gonna give Celtic a call later if Tom Anselmi gives him the long-distance code. Read the statement here (if you want to be more embarrassed by your club...)

UPDATE II: "The Updatening": TFC continues to look under tables and chairs to see where De Ro is. Have asked Uncle Don to call those mean De Ro-stealing Scots. Read more here... if you're not bored by now.

11 comments:

  1. What a crapstorm. I'm sorry but I don't know who to blame. When I read this I fist said "De Ro - what an ass" Then I though "WTF - how is Cocrane in charge after 3 months?" Welcome to 2011 boys - a bigger mess at BMO than ever before

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  2. Glad to see MLSE has another story to make people forget they haven't hired a GM/coach and probably won't.

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  3. Whatever side of this you stand on, if Dero does go - that leaves TFC with no GM, no coach and about 12 players and its nearly January. Epic Fail.

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  4. He's trialing. Absolutely no guarantee that he'll be signed: in fact, I don't think he will be signed. So the fun begins after he doesn't get signed.

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  5. Anyone ready to take a page from liverpool's book and start a "Dear Mr. Anselmi" campaign? This sure looks like a good time do do it.

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  6. chill dudes de ro will be back with haggis n neeps with irn bru and giving teammates a free "gammy"!

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  7. de ro's a douche bag who'l come back 2 stone heavier with a crack habit

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  8. I'm guessing it'll be a loan agreement.

    It'll give DeRo something to pad his resume at contract time with.

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  9. is he any good to play for celtic ivr never heard of him?

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  10. It`s Gadgers fault..he came to San Fran and blew a gasket.

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  11. Does he like Lucozade?

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