TFC tabs Ryan Nelsen as head coach

Former QPR defender Ryan Nelsen (left) has been named TFC's head coach. (REUTERS)

Former QPR defender Ryan Nelsen (left) has been named TFC's head coach. (REUTERS)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:10 AM ET

Last week, Queens Park Rangers defender Ryan Nelsen anchored his London, England-based club to an historic 1-0 win over Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League.

Now, Toronto FC is set to welcome the former New Zealand international as its head coach, according to multiple reports.

As first confirmed by the Toronto Sun, Monday morning, Nelsen, a defender from 2001-04 with Major League Soccer’s DC United, will be introduced Tuesday morning at BMO Field.

Two additional outlets, SoccerByIves.net and Sportsnet.ca, later confirmed the 35-year-old, who spent most of his European career with Blackburn Rovers, will replace current head coach Paul Mariner to become TFC’s eighth different coach in seven seasons.

What remains unclear is what role, if any, Mariner will have moving forward with the club in 2013. The Englishman re-upped with TFC for an additional three years after taking over for former head coach Aron Winter in 2012 and appeared to poised to guide the Reds


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