Ryan Nelsen appointed Toronto FC coach

As reported on thesportsfamily-com.thesportsfamily.com last night, QPR defender Ryan Nelsen has been appointed the new manager of Toronto FC in Canada.

The centre half, 35, was reported to be in discussions with former club DC United regarding a coaching role, though news of his imminent appointment as manager at the MLS side was confirmed yesterday via various sources in America.

When he will leave QPR is still in question due to Toronto's new season not starting until March, and the New Zealand International will have discussions with Manager Harry Redknapp over the coming days to discuss his release date.

Redknapp confirmed on Saturday his fears that Nelsen maybe looking to leave the club for a coaching role, with only 6 months left on his contract at Loftus Road.

He has been in fine form for the Hoops since his arrival, playing 21 games and being a key influence in the heart of the defence in their 1-0 away win at Chelsea.

Nelsen spoke out of his move this afternoon on the QPR website:

"I've had several conversations with Harry and Tony Fernandes," .

"They have been so understanding with my situation.

"They understand that when I play I am playing on glass knees and glass ankles. It is a bit of a struggle.

"They know I am at the end but they also know the predicament they are in. It is a major predicament.

"QPR would like me to keep playing but we have to sit down and talk. If we can get five straight wins, that'd be perfect.

"I think then we can shake hands and part company but we are just going to have to talk and see how things progress."

Nelsen is in the Queens Park Rangers squad for their Premier League game this weekend.