The Kevin Payne era in Toronto is reportedly over.
According to the Toronto Star, Toronto FC has fired president and general manager Kevin Payne less than 10 months after he joined the club.
The report states that Payne's dismissal is part of a larger sweep of executives being handed down by TFC's parent company Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), with announcements coming from CEO Tim Leiweke as soon as Thursday morning.
Head coach Ryan Nelsen's job appears to be safe, and Payne will remain as a consultant for the club on a temporary basis.
“I’m disappointed, but this is the way this business works,” Payne told the Star. “I’m going to help the team through a transition period. I don’t want to — I won’t — turn my back on this club.”
Payne was hired in Nov. 2012. He brought in rookie coach Nelsen two months later, releasing former bench boss Paul Mariner in the process. Leiweke became the MLSE CEO in June of this year.
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