Toronto FC fire coach Aron Winter

Paul Mariner, director of player development, left and Aron Winter, head coach, speak to media...

Paul Mariner, director of player development, left and Aron Winter, head coach, speak to media January 26, 2012. Mariner has replaced Winter as coach,TFC said June 7. (MICHAEL PEAKE/TORONTO SUN files)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:15 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto FC has a new head coach.

Again.

Aron Winter chose to leave the club rather than take another position and stepped down Thursday as head coach and technical director.

Director of player development Paul Mariner has taken over, becoming the club’s seventh head coach in just six seasons.

TFC managed only seven wins in 44 Major League Soccer matches under Winter, including a league-record 0-9 start to 2012.

The club did fare extremely well in non-league matches under Winter, advancing deep into the CONCACAF Champions League and winning back-to-back Canadian championships and was coming off its first league win, making the timing of the move odd.

"It was a difficult decision for both of us but one I believed was necessary given our team's regular season results," Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. chief operating officer Tom Anselmi said in a media conference.

Mariner praised Winter's work in shaping the future of the club, but said the first team results needed to improve.


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