Toronto FC announced Tuesday the club and Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Paul Mariner have parted ways. Team personnel including Director of Player and Team Operations Earl Cochrane, Toronto FC Academy Director Thomas Rongen and coaching staff Jim Brennan, Jason Bent and Stewart Kerr remain with the club.
“This was a difficult decision, but one that was made in consideration of the strategic and cultural direction our club is taking,” said Toronto FC President and General Manager Kevin Payne. “I want to thank Paul for his dedicated service to Toronto FC. He had a difficult task last season when he was asked to take over the club after a tough start. On behalf of our club, we wish him well in his future endeavours.”
Mariner became Toronto FC’s seventh Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations in team history on June 7, 2012, taking over the club mid-season. He posted an overall 4-12-8 record in league play and 2-2-0 in CONCACAF play during his tenure as head coach.