Toronto FC mourn the passing today of former head coach Paul Mariner at age 68. Following coaching duties at New England Revolution and Plymouth Argyle FC, Mariner joined Toronto FC as Director of Player Development in January 2011 and was named the team’s head coach on June 7, 2012. He registered his first win as an MLS coach, a 3-0 away win against Canadian rivals Montreal Impact on June 27.
A standout striker, Mariner played for England internationally between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals and representing the Three Lions at the 1980 European Championships and the 1982 World Cup. During his club career, he spent time at Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Wollongong City. He lifted the UEFA Cup and FA Cup during an eight-year spell at Ipswich, scoring 139 goals in 339 games for the club.
The thoughts and sympathies of everyone at Toronto FC are with Paul’s family and friends.