Aron Winter Steps Down At Toronto FC, Mariner Named Head Coach

Aron Winter Steps Down At Toronto FC, Mariner Named Head Coach

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On June 7, 2012
  • 2012 MLS Season, Aron Winter, Features, Paul Mariner

Winter is headed out of Toronto. (Getty Images)

File this in the “we saw this coming” file.

Toronto FC and Aron Winter have agreed to part ways as he steps down as manager of the Reds. Paul Mariner will step in as the new manager of Toronto FC.

Under Winter, the Reds went 1-9-0 this season, with the lone win coming in their last game. Winter also lead the club to two Canadian Championships and a semifinal berth in the 2011/12 CONCACAF Champions League. Overall, Winter had a record of 18-25-21.

Winter had talent put into place with guys like Joao Plata, Danny Koevermans, Torsten Frings, Ryan Johnson, and so on. But just as always with this club they have lacked defenders. I look for Mariner not to make whole sale changes to the club this summer but to improve the team where they need improving – particularly on defense.

Whatever the real reasons were here this season, nine losses in a row to open a campaign never spells good things for those in charge.

In their last 44 games, Toronto has only won seven of them. That just isn’t getting it done.

Mariner made a name for himself in MLS as an assistant with the New England Revolution from 2004-2008, helping lead them to a run of success in which they appeared in three straight MLS Cups (2005-07), won a U.S. Open Cup (2007) and won a SuperLiga title (2008). He was always said to be the brains behind the Revs’ operation in terms of player scouting and their draft.

Since joining MLS in 2007, TFC has failed to make the playoffs every year. After five playoff-less seasons by Lake Ontario, TFC looks to make it six straight.