Former Football Ferns coach John Herdman is the subject of speculation linking him to the vacant head coach’s role at Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC.
Reports say Herdman (48) has been interviewed for the high-profile job, despite having three years on his contract to coach Canada’s national men’s team till at least the 2026 FIFA Men’s World Cup.
Main photo: John Herdman … more speculation about his future.
The Athletic and Canada’s TSN have reported that Herdman is one of at least two candidates interviewed for the Toronto job as the club endures one of the worst seasons in its history, languishing in second-bottom place in the MLS Eastern Conference.
TFC currently has an interim coach, Terry Dunfield, after Bob Bradley was sacked in late June.
Herdman has been publicly linked with other roles since last year’s FIFA Men’s World Cup, where he coached Canada.
He was reportedly NZ Football’s favoured candidate for the All Whites job left vacant by Danny Hay, and since filled by Darren Bazeley.
Englishman Herdman moved to New Zealand in 2001 and worked for Football South and NZ Football in coach development roles.
Specialising in women’s football, he led the U-20 squad to the 2006 World Championships and the U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2010. He took the Football Ferns to the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup finals, and to the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
On the pitch, he also turned out as a midfielder for Hibiscus Coast in the Lotto NRFL second division.
Herdman’s son, Jay, is a New Zealand U-20 international and plays in the MLS for Vancouver Whitecaps.