Gerba trashes TFC

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Ali Gerba has fired back at the club that fired him.

Gerba, the Canadian national team striker released by Toronto FC earlier this month, took several shots at his former employer in an interview with The Score's Kristian Jack.

Gerba was signed to a lucrative guaranteed contract last season by director of soccer Mo Johnston.

But he performed horribly and was let go this pre-season after new TFC head coach Preki Radosavljevic said Gerba, still struggling with conditioning, wasn't in his plans.

Gerba certainly didn't hold back, but clearly has an axe to grind.

Gerba has bounced from team to team in recent years and bizarrely says in the interview that he was in top shape during his time with the club.

Gerba singled out Johnston and Preki for their lack of team building, Preki's supposed failure to teach enough tactics during training and for the generally negative atmosphere around the team.

Among other things, Gerba said:

"They need to change the people who make the decisions on and off the field because they're making bad decisions."

"(Departing) players have been treated with a lack of respect."

"I don't think any player wants to come here. Any bad performance you're out of the door."

"You can just see the attitude in the dressing room, the faces down. They don't enjoy the football. They don't enjoy much going to training every morning."

"(The) stats (75 players cycled in and out since TFC's inception) speak for themselves. If (management is) not happy, you're out. Never have a foundation, every (year) there's a new team."

Johnston declined to comment for the time being.

Gerba has scored 15 goals for Canada, tied for tops among active players with TFC captain Dwayne De Rosario.


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