Reports throughout Europe and the Netherlands suggest Ajax reserve team coach Aron Winter will join Toronto FC as technical director on a three-year deal.
According to Winter himself, of the three candidates interviewed, he stood out.
"I visited the club last week for two days and left with a good feeling. They felt this way as well because before I had returned I got a call. Of the three candidates, I made the best impression. Around New Year everything was concluded," he told De Telegraaf.
The 43-year-old played for Ajax, Lazio, and Internazionale during his playing career as a holding midfielder, as well as suiting up 84 times for the Netherlands. The Dutch connection is set to continue, with Ajax youth team coach Bob de Klerk reportedly joining Winter's coaching staff.
Reports in Canada and the United States still expect former Arsenal striker Paul Mariner to join TFC's coaching staff as well. The nature and titles of Mariner and Winter's positions at Toronto are still unknown.
Mariner made his name in MLS as an assistant for Steve Nicol on the New England Revolution, and recently managed Plymouth Argyle.
Following four seasons without a postseason berth, Toronto cleaned house at the end of 2010, dismissing coach Preki and director of soccer Mo Johnston. The team brought in Jurgen Klinsmann as a consultant following the season, and it appears the German would like to imitate Ajax's playing model with the acquisition of Winter and de Klerk.
Should Winter and Mariner join Toronto as expected, their first task might involve clearing up any lingering tension with Dwayne De Rosario. The Canadian attacker, publically dissatisfied with his contract, last week flew to Scotland without the club's prior knowledge to train with Celtic FC. The 32-year-old scored a club-high 15 goals in the 2010 MLS season.
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