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Ex-Newcastle coach Winsper leaves Toronto FC for Nike

Fitness coach Paul Winsper is leaving Toronto FC for a role with Nike. Former Newcastle United coach Winsper, 43, said Toronto FC offered him a two-year contract extension, but the job offer from Nike that they first made to him in the summer was just too good to pass up.

"It's an unbelievable job offer that I can't really turn down. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for me," Winsper told

He said there was "absolutely no hard feelings" between himself and the soccer club. He also described his new position with Nike as a "dream job."

"There's only one position like this in the world, whereas there are a lot of fitness coaches in professional sports," Winsper stated.

"Nike has set up a new division called SPARQ, which is their training arm. I'll be working with teams from all over the world as a training resource for coaches. … It's going to be a global resource for all different sports."

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