TFC fires GM, coach

Toronto FC head coach Preki lasted less than a season after he was fired on Tuesday. (QMI...

Toronto FC head coach Preki lasted less than a season after he was fired on Tuesday. (QMI Agency/Alex Urosevic)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:54 PM ET

Toronto FC is starting over.

The Major League Soccer club announced Tuesday that it has fired Day One general manager (and inaugural coach) Mo Johnston along with former MLS coach of the year Predrag Radosavljevic, aka Preki, who was in his first season with the club.

Long-time assistant Nick Dasovic will take over as interim head coach and Earl Cochrane takes over as interim director of soccer operations.

The Toronto Sun first reported Saturday that Preki had banished his lead assistant, Dasovic, on a "scouting mission."

Dasovic was expected to take over as head coach in the team's last purge, but Chris Cummins got the call in another error of judgment by Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

Johnston, embattled for much of his four-year tenure after the club went just 32-50-31 in league play under his command was known to be on thin ice.

MLSEL CEO Tom Anselmi has said on multiple occasions that with the franchise hosting the MLS Cup for the first time this fall, anything short of a playoff berth would lead to changes.

After the club fell 1-0 to cellar-dwelling D.C. United at home Saturday, hearing a deserved barrage of boos in one of its worst-ever performances, all but eliminating the club from realistically earning a playoff berth - barring a miraculous late run - the writing was on the wall.

The Preki firing is more of a surprise. The hiring of the member of the U.S. soccer hall of fame who helped lead Chivas USA to multiple playoff berths was seen as a turning point for TFC.

But, the coach banished players such as former high draft pick Sam Cronin and Canadian striker Ali Gerba and his style has turned off many fans for its "anti-football" tendencies.

The team, aside from captain and Canadian international Dwayne De Rosario, seldom does anything inspiring offensively, preferring to stay in games by going all out defensively with few chances taken on offence.

Only D.C. has scored fewer goals.


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