Ryan Nelsen

THE STARTING 11: Other things that Ryan Nelsen did to anger Tim Bezbatchenko

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It just wouldn't be a season with Toronto FC without a high profile sacking. We've regularly said goodbye to managers, coaches, GM's, presidents and now even a Brennan! While the firing of Ryan Nelsen wasn't an utter shock, the timing did catch many by surprise. However, it seems like tension between the manager and the general manager Tim Bezbatchenko had been bubbling for a while.

Blight of The Conchord! Reds sack Ryan Nelsen

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On Labour Day Eve? TBez - you cold!

We're not sure what they teach you in New Zealish business school (because he didn't learn it on a coaching course) but Ryan Nelsen pretty much sealed his fate yesterday when he publicly called out his boss. Blaming Tim Bezbatchenko for putting too much pressure on his squad (a home win against New England - how outrageous a request!

TFC Manager Meeting: Ryan Nelsen? Present?

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You think you're beaten up now Ryan? Just wait.  When the Ryan Nelsen to Toronto FC rumours began floating around last week, the direction it would take was unclear. Potential player acquisition turned into player/coach turned into assistant coach turned into the downright shocking.
Harry Redknapp told the press a few days ago that his defender Nelsen was going to return to "America" because he wants to be a manager - most thought it was just 'Arry at his self-proclaimed illiterate best.

Major League Soccer

MLS Throw-In: Who’s on the Hot Seat?

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*Editor's note: Jay (@rescindedred) provided us with some fantastic musings about the Spanish National Team here, but in turn, this week his usual MLS analysis was truncated down to only the throw-in's, enjoy.

While we don't have relegation in MLS, we do have the excitement of which coach will get fired first.

MLS’ Sack Race

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Being hired to be fired is the burden of being a professional soccer coach. Impatient chairmen, pressures of relegation, and mutinous squads can usher a manager to the exit door. The margins between success and failure can be very fine, especially in a league like MLS that is built to ensure parity.

End of Winter leaves a flurry of questions

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Goodbye sweet pun-maker.As a warning, this article will leave you with far more questions than answers but a day after Aron Winter's "mutually agreed" departure from Toronto FC - we can't help but being left with many queries. The Dutchman's tenure, which started with such excitement upon his arrival, never gained enough momentum to build upon the small successes until it reached a point where the club's record made his dismissal inevitable.

Massacre At The HDC!

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Updates at bottom.

So the hammer comes down.

The Los Angeles Times, in a story by Grahame Jones, reports that AEG has axed BOTH Alexi Lalas and Ruud Gullit in a meeting held today.

Jones reports,

In a pair of sweeping changes brought about by a Major League Soccer season in meltdown, the Los Angeles Galaxy today removed Alexi Lalas as team president and general manager and Ruud Gullit as coach.

MLS Pink Slip Talk

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The playoffs may be in full gear right now but it is also a good time to discuss which MLS coach will be fired for not getting his club to the post-season dance. Out of the five coaches, who's teams failed to reach the playoffs I really see two getting the boot in the coming months [...]

Tim Leiweke

Tuck the Payne away

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"This ball is still believes in me..."
We barely had time to "get used to" you Kevin.

Through the powerfully heartfelt mediums of corporate press release and hobbled together conference call, Toronto FC kept the gears greased on their never-ending management carousel. Kevin Payne, the ever-so humble, Forlan-addicted veteran MLS executive has "parted ways" with Toronto FC and is no longer the President and GM of the wildly successful club.

BREAKING NEWS : Payne is out! No one lined up to replace them!

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#StabilityNow #carouselOfLaughter #theShockHasWornOff

Kevin Payne has been relieved of his duties according to a reputable source (The Star). He is to stay on in a consultancy role to ease the transition, but is stripped of his title. Apparently, the list of debacles was enough for Tim Leiweke to sever ties with his good buddy.

head coach

Winter out as Toronto FC fails to fire Tom Anselmi for sixth running

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"The Teflon Tom"
There was a great temptation today to go back and simply re-post whatever it was that we wrote when Mo Johnston "moved upstairs", John Carver "stepped down", Chris Cummins was axed, Preki was sacked and Nick Dasovic was tossed aside. We could have done that - but pressing "Ignore" in spellcheck every time "Anselmi" popped up would have been exhausting.

Two Head Coaches Sacked Within 24 Hours

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Ex-Whitecaps head coach Teitur Thordarson.
de los Cobos is out of a job after Fire axe.
We're barely a third of the way through the season but already poor form is drawing consequences. Two head coaches were let go from their positions yesterday as their clubs seek an immediate turnaround in fortunes.


Poll: Will Villas-Boas survive beyond March?

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We are playing like shit. Every one of us is waiting for the shit to stop. Some are suggesting that the shit stops with Andre Villas-Boas. I, as you know, am not of this opinion. However, seeing as there are many that would like to see the suave Portuguese vacate the premises, I thought I'd gauge just how many are leaning toward this resolution.

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In addition to our weekly football phrases, we sometimes feature football language that appears in the media and today we look at some of the language connected to Roy Hodgson's dismissal from his position as Liverpool's boss.

Gene Hackman Can Now Be In Movies Again (Translation: Chelsea Sack Scolari)

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I wasn't aware of this bit of news until The Fiver broke it to me, and I then spent the next 10 minutes staring at the Soccernet main screen in slack jawed disbelief. Chelsea announced earlier today that manager Luis Felipe Scolari has been shown the door at Stamford Bridge, bringing the Brazilian's tenure to just over half of one season (a feat only former Pompey manager Tony Adams could look up to).

Manchester United

Carling Cup Preview: United v Derby

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Carling Cup Semi-Finals
Pride Park Stadium
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
KO : 19:45 GMT (2:45 EST)

Recent Results – United

January 4 – United 3 – Southampton 0 @ St. Mary's Stadium

December 29 – United 1 – Boro 0 @ Old Trafford

December 26 – United 1 – Stoke 0 @ Britannia Stadium

December 21 – United 1 – LDU Quito 0 @ FIFA Club World Cup

December 18 – United 5 – Gamba Osaka 3 @ FIFA Club World Cup

Recent Results – Derby

January 3 – Derby 4 – Forest Green Rovers 3 @ The New Lawn

December 28 – Ipswich Town 1 – Derby 0 @ Pride Park

December 26 – Preston North End 2 – Derby 0 @ Deepdale

December 20 – Derby 1 – Watford 0 @ Pride Park

December 15 – Charlton 2 – Derby 2 @ The Valley

Points To Ponder Prior to Semi-Formulaic Derby Beating
With a looming Blue giant waiting at the weekend, Fergie will look to play a weakened squad in the first leg on Wednesday.

How Now King Franco FC?

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Remember this summer when Bernd Schuster was singing the praises of the "biggest club in the world"? Remember when Schuster said (of Ronaldo) that "some day hewill be with us"? Remember when the mustachioed German was fired for being incompetent? I certainly do.

The current situation in the Spanish Primera really makes one wonder what the hell goes on in the mind of modern footballers.


Israeli Soccer Coach Fired Via Text Message

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The business side of the beautiful game can be pretty ugly but this one takes the cake.

Pearce's Rostock Coach Fired

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Like a few other American players this past weekend, Hansa Rostock defender Heath Pearce had to watch from the bench as his team drew a home match with VFL Osnabruck 2-2 in Second Bundesliga play. The Hansa board and fans, after years spent in the First Bundesliga expected to be further along by now in their quest for promotion back to the top flight, not languishing in 12th place with only three wins in 12 matches.


England U21 3-0 Republic of Ireland U21

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James Milner and Theo Walcott fired England Under-21s to victory against the Republic of Ireland. Milner scored the deflected opener just before the hour mark, and added a second with a low drive that went in off the post.

England U21 3-0 Republic of Ireland U21

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James Milner and Theo Walcott fired England Under-21s to victory against the Republic of Ireland. Milner scored the deflected opener just before the hour mark, and added a second with a low drive that went in off the post.

The Rest

Soundoff: Who is less popular in the board room – Roy Hodgson (Liverpool) or Claudio Ranieri (Roma)?

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If there was a popularity between Roy Hodgson and Claudio Ranieri today who would lose? Both managers leading teams with talented players, yet struggling to lift them out of relegation zones.Â

Liverpool sit 18th with 6 points. Roma occupy the bottom slot in Serie A with 3 points.

Breaking: Tom Soehn out at DCU Manager

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Just coming out at Behind the Badge, Tom Soehn will not be back next year as DC United's manager. This was the move you knew would happen, as two years out of the playoffs is just not acceptable to anyone involved.

The harder decisions (roster) are forthcoming, and hopefully, a good search can be conducted and the best possible candidate can be hired.

Avram the Great now Avram the Sacked

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What do I get for staying up until 4:30 a.m. EST in hopes of finding out the fate of Chelsea manager Avram Grant? Absolutely nothing.

So, at 3:30 p.m., I give you the old news of the day Avram the Great has been relieved of his duties as Chelsea coach, effectively immediately.

The Blues finished the 2007-08 season without a piece of silverware for the first time in three years.

Hugo Sanchez fired as Mexico coach

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Hugo Sanchez has been fired as head coach of the Mexican national team.

The greatest player in Mexican soccer history lasted barely more than a year before three failed attempts to beat the United States and a disastrous Olympic Qualifying campaign did him in before he even had a chance to coach a World Cup qualifier.