Fighting Words

TFC feud: Has Bezbatchenko sabotaged Reds?

Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen was in no mood to dump on his players following the team’s 3-0 loss to New England Saturday night. Instead, he lashed out at GM Tim Bezbatchenko, accusing him of sabotaging his own team with his comments a day earlier. Do you agree with Nelsen? Vote in our poll.

Ryan Nelsen lashes out at GM following loss

Toronto FC manager Ryan Nelsen, right, accused GM Tim Bezbatchenko, left, of sabotaging his own team following his comments to the players on Friday to 'take it up a notch.' (Canadian Press)

Ryan Nelsen was in no mood to dump on his players following the team’s 3-0 loss to New England Saturday night at BMO Field.

Instead, the Reds manager stored up his frustration until after the game was over, and then directed it to TFC GM Tim Bezbatchenko.

On Friday Bezbatchenko sent a blunt message to his team, saying it needed "to take it up a notch,” after the Reds had only earned 13 of a possible 33 points since July.

Nelsen fired back on Saturday, accusing Bezbatchenko of effectively sabotaging his own team.

"I've won this league, played in it for four years, been in the [English] Premier League for 10 years, played in a World Cup, Olympics. I've played in some pretty hot pressure games," said Nelsen, a former New Zealand international defender. "One thing that I do know is this was not one of them."

"It affected the guys," he said of Bezbatchenko's words. "What we do at Toronto FC is we keep it in-house — everything we do, we keep inside the four walls. And the players, coaching staff, everything, stays within the four walls."

So do you agree with Nelsen?

with files from The Canadian Press


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