In this interview, RedNation and Jim discuss his playing career as a former Captain of Toronto FC, his current role as the Head Coach of the TFC Academy Junior team, the potential of the TFC Academy, Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter, TFC left back Ashtone Morgan, the current state of the Canadian Men’s National Team, Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson and the growth of soccer in Toronto and across Canada.
Born in Toronto, Ontario, Jim Brennan is the Head Coach of the TFC Academy Junior Team. As a player, he enjoyed an extremely successful career at both the club level in England, playing for Bristol City, Nottingham Forest and Norwich City, with whom he became the first Canadian born outfield player to play in the English Premier League. Following his time in the United Kingdom, Brennan returned home to Toronto and was the first player signed by Toronto FC when they joined Major League Soccer in 2007 as an Expansion Franchise. As the team’s first captain, he enjoyed three successful years with TFC, playing in an MLS All Star game when it was held in Toronto, winning two Canadian Championship trophies and being named both Team MVP and Team Defender of the Year in 2007 and 2008 respectively. Following his playing career Jim became TFC’s Assistant General Manager and most recently has assumed the position of Head Coach for the TFC Academy Junior Team. At the International level, he was capped 49 times by Canada and won a CONCACAF Gold Cup while representing his country.