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Anselmi Resigns After Consensus Is Reached That MLSE Does Not Need Two Presidents
Published September 9, 2013
NOT ENOUGH ROOM FOR THE BOTH OF US: Anselmi said, "There's only space for one president." In Toronto, Dave Feschuk cites sources as saying that Anselmi's departure was a "finishing touch to a Leiweke-led restructuring designed to eliminate what some have called a 'country-club' atmosphere at a money machine of a company." For all of Anselmi's "public failures" with Toronto FC, his "career has otherwise been a string of quieter successes" (TORONTO STAR, 9/7). Anselmi on Friday said, "When Tim came on board, he and I agreed to try and figure out whether (Anselmi and Leiweke could work together) while we worked through a transition. I wanted to make sure I was helpful and supportive in his transition. At the same time, let’s see if this can work. Let’s see if there’s a role (for me). Ultimately, we came to the conclusion that there wasn’t. ... Once you’ve done the (top) job, you want to keep doing that job." The NATIONAL POST's Eric Koreen noted Anselmi was the company’s president from September '12 through June, but while he "received Peddie’s president title, but he was not named CEO." Though he was a "significant player in the building of the Air Canada Centre and the formation of the company’s television stations and broadcast deals, the on-field failure of Toronto FC perhaps prevented him from a more permanent ascension." Toronto FC "was largely Anselmi's responsibility." Peddie said, "In Tom’s case, he has to wear TFC. It goes with the turf. I’m being fairly critical, just as I’ve been publicly critical of my job." Anselmi: "That’s one of the big disappointments. ... We didn’t get it right there, a couple of times." He said that "travelling, snowmobiling and renewing his TFC season tickets are on his immediate agenda." He added, "Who works anywhere for 17 years? Certainly not senior executives" (NATIONAL POST, 9/7).