Toronto Wolfpack in bizarre head coach resignation 24 hours after announcing his appointment

Josh McAllister
Lamport Stadium Toronto Wolfpack SWpix

Toronto Wolfpack Lamport Stadium. Photo: Vaughn Ridley/SWpix

Just less than 24 hours after announcing the head coach appointment of Matt Wyles, the new Toronto Wolfpack boss has today announced his resignation.

The former Super League side confirmed the appointment on Tuesday, with the club set to feature in the Canada Cup with nine fixtures at Lamport Stadium in 2023.

However, the decision has forced the side to postpone Saturday’s home opener against Copperheads.

The Canadian club have not played since their 42-6 win over Washington DC Cavalry in the Canada Cup in September 2021, and are set to face teams later this year from the United States, Jamaica and Canada.

Toronto Wolfpack announces resignation 

“It is with mixed emotions that we announce Matt Wyles’ decision to resign as our head coach,” Toronto said in a statement.

“While we are saddened that Matt will be moving on from the Wolfpack, we wish him the best of luck in all future endeavours.”

The coach himself added: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce my resignation as head coach for the Toronto Wolfpack RLFC.

“I have decided to step down from my position due to personal reasons not related to the team that require my full attention and focus.

“I want to thank the Wolfpack organisation for the opportunity to be part of the return of such a great team. I am disappointed after working hard with the organisation for the Wolfpack’s return. However, my personal life has to be my priority.

“I am confident that the team will continue to thrive and achieve great things in the future. I will always be a fan of the Wolfpack and will be cheering them on from afar.

“Thank you again for everything.”

Toronto cancel first game in nearly two years

The club’s new owners, who took over in 2021, stated that the new Wolfpack are ‘completely different club–logistically, financially, and operationally–than the one that was under the former ownership’.

On the sudden departure, the owners commented: “Although we accept and understand the situation, due to Matt’s unexpected departure from the Wolfpack we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone Saturday’s home opener.

“We did not make this decision lightly; we have a fully contracted roster and had planned to announce the team today. We even debated still playing the match. However, we have to be respectful of our players and ensure their safety on the pitch.

“All tickets purchased for the match will be refunded in full.

“As fans, we completely understand your anger, frustration, and disappointment with this announcement. We also understand any cynicism or skepticism you may have going forward.

“But, our promise to keep listening to you is unwavering. We have seen your requests for a Fan Appreciation Day and we have been working towards making that possible. We will update you on those plans soon.”

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