The Kevin Payne era at Toronto FC lasted less than one year.

Installed as team president and general manager last November Payne was fired by the Major League Soccer club on Wednesday.

The Toronto Star first reported the story on Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after Payne confirmed he had been let go by TFC via text when contacted by

"I wish nothing but the best for TFC and hope you get to cover a playoff match next year" Payne wrote in one of his texts.

Payne’s departure signals the first major shakeup within Toronto FC since June 30 when Tim Leiweke took over as president and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) the company that owns the MLS team.

Rookie coach Ryan Nelsen who was hired by Payne appears to be safe. The former New Zealand international was in meetings all day on Wednesday and will travel with the team on Thursday to Oregon in preparation for the Reds’ road game against the Portland Timbers this weekend.

Wednesday marked the farewell to the latest “saviour” who was supposed to finally lift TFC out of the doldrums and help it achieve respectability.

Before coming to Toronto Payne spent the previous 17 seasons with D.C. United where he was the key figure in building the franchise into one of the most successful teams in league history. During his time as president and chief executive officer D.C. United won four MLS Cup titles four MLS Supporters Shields and two U.S. Open Cups.

The hope was he could do the same for TFC especially when he was introduced as the club’s first dedicated club president to run the entire soccer operation. The Reds had previously been overseen by former MLSE boss Tom Anselmi an executive with little soccer knowledge unlike Payne.

Payne inherited a Toronto team riddled with bad contracts and little salary cap room. TFC was also coming off its worst ever MLS campaign finishing dead last in 2012 with a 5-21-8 record and missing the playoffs for the sixth straight year. They also set a new league record by losing their first nine games of the campaign.