Toronto fires Winter; Mariner named new coach

Toronto FC fired coach Aron Winter on Thursday and replaced him with Paul Mariner.

Winter took over TFC in January 2011, but a poor first season was followed by nine successive losses to open 2012. Despite a win in his last match, 1-0 over the Philadelphia Union, Winter had just seven wins in 44 games with Toronto.

"We've played well enough in a number of regular season games this year, but the results haven't been there and that's where it matters most and ultimately we felt that necessitated a change," said Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment executive VP and COO Paul Anselmi.

"Seven wins in 44 games is just not good enough in this league and we had to make a change."

The 59-year-old Mariner, Toronto's Director of Player Development, joined TFC the same day Winter was hired. He was previously an assistant coach with the New England Revolution from 2004-09, helping the Revs reach three MLS Cups. He also coached Plymouth Argyle in England from 2009-10.

"I'm a very modest man," Mariner said, "but I've got unbelievable confidence in my own ability. I know exactly what I'm doing in training this week. I know exactly what the team will be next weekend, barring injuries, I know how we're going to play.

"It's almost written what's going to occur. I can't wait to get started."

Toronto, which is 1-9-0 this season, returns to league action June 16 against Sporting Kansas City.