Toronto To Hire Winter and Mariner

Toronto To Hire Winter and Mariner

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 3, 2011
  • 2 Comments
  • Aron Winter, Paul Mariner

We talked last week about Toronto FC going after former New England Revolution assistant Paul Mariner, well it looks like he may not be the head coach after all, instead he will be the new technical director of the club. Now reports are saying Toronto FC will hire former Dutch midfielder Aron Winter as their new head coach.

There are some conflicting reports though on this rumor. Some reports like the one above say Winter is the head coach and Mariner is the technical director. While others are saying Mariner is the head coach and Winter is the technical director. Most signs however seem to indicate Winter is the new head coach however.

No matter which way this plays out Toronto is set to really get a positive facelift. Mariner is an excellent judge of talent and would be a nice fit for the TD or for the head coaching position while Winter brings a different approach to the game that will certainly be a change of pace in Toronto from the past. Toronto has needed someone like Mariner to evaluate talent from things like the SuperDraft and beyond. He’s seen as one of the biggest reasons why New England went to three straight MLS Cups a few years back.

Winter comes from the Ajax system which is world renowned for its development building tactics. The no MLS experience is a negative but having Mariner with him will certainly help him navigate the tricky waters that come with this league. Kudos to Toronto’s front office for being able to pull off a move like this too.

Once we hear an official word about how this will all play out we’ll let you know. Either way you spin it Toronto already looks to be on the right path here to get into the playoffs for the first time since joining MLS a few years ago.

What do you all make of the Winter-Mariner combo in Toronto? Think it will help TFC get to the playoffs or will it be just another failed attempt by the club to do something they think is the right thing?

  • Mariner as head coach sounds smart, Mariner as a GM/TD with some unknown as a head coach, sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

  • MrTuktoyaktuk

    As a TFC supporter I’m happy because the longer these key mgmt positions were unfilled, the more likely the interims would be kept in place and that would have been very difficult to accept. J├╝rgen Klinsmann said he was mainly concerned about establishing a playing philosophy and by TFC bringing in Winter and DeKlerk, disciples of total soccer, that would seem to have been met. Mariner had a good track record at NER and can provide the MLS experience. The big concerns: the lack of first team coaching experience among all the key people,the roster, and whether they will be given the time to fully implement their system.