Ryan Nelsen sacked as coach of Toronto FC



ryan footballFormer All Whites captain Ryan Nelsen has been sacked as manager of Toronto FC.

The former Blackburn Rovers defender and his entire coaching staff have been shown the door at the Major League Soccer club after Nelsen criticised general manager Tim Bezbatchenko of sabotaging his own team.

Club officials have just fronted a media conference confirming they’ve got rid of Nelsen, who led the team to just one win from their last nine games.

Nelsen, who joined Toronto at the start of last year, led the team to nine wins, nine draws and six losses from 24 games this season.

But it was the 3-0 loss to New England yesterday which was the final straw. Nelsen was furious that his GM had attempted to motivate the squad, saying Bezbatchenko’s decision to put pressure on his team “absolutely” didn’t help matters.

“Are you guys kidding me? Come on,” Nelsen said post-game Saturday night. “Ten games left in the season. Long way to go.”

Toronto have conceded 11 goals over its last four games.

The Reds (9-9-6) remain in the playoff picture with back-to-back games against Philadelphia.

Toronto FC assistant GM Greg Vanney will take over as manager full-time.

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