Report: Toronto FC to interview Blanc for vacant coaching post

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Toronto FC are set to interview former France and Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc for the vacant coaching position following Greg Vanney's resignation on Dec. 1.

Blanc, who last managed PSG in 2016, is among the top candidates on TFC president Bill Manning's wish list, according to a report from ESPN UK's Julien Laurens.

It's expected Blanc will be interviewed for the role in the coming days after he reportedly turned down the job with Ligue 1 side Nantes earlier in the week.

Blanc, 55, is understood to be intrigued by the possibilities of managing in MLS, and has been improving his English skills in hopes of securing another coaching position.

An accomplished defender who enjoyed decorated club spells in France, Spain, Italy, and England, Blanc was a key contributor to the France team that won the 1998 World Cup.

Blanc's teammate on that successful Les Bleus squad, Thierry Henry, currently manages TFC rivals the Montreal Impact.

Patrick Vieira, who was recently sacked by French outfit Nice, has also been linked with Toronto FC, according to multiple sources. Vieira was in charge of New York City FC for a year and a half before returning to France to take the Nice job in June 2018.

The coaching vacancy at Toronto FC marks one of three coveted positions in the top flight of North American football. Atlanta United and the LA Galaxy are also seeking managers before the start of the 2021 campaign.

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