Monday, January 3, 2011

Winter and Mariner or Mariner and Winter

Reasons to be cheerful.

- Leadership hirings finally completed- fans can start dreaming of the season ahead, rather than dreading another day of TFC vacuum.

- I can't be the only one impressed with a Dutch coaching hire (Aron Winter). Although I am usually dubious when nationalities are thrown around as the answer to any problem, the Netherlands have supplied the world with quality players and national teams out of proportion to their population. Ajax has been at the forefront of player development for decades.

- Combining the unproven coach (from a quality playing and development background) with a hire with years of MLS experience, Paul Mariner, seems like a wise move.

More to come

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think there is more to this signing than just the nationality. This is a commitment to a style of play. And not because the coach is Dutch. It's because he's been raised, played and coached in the Ajax system. The biggest impact takes place in the academy. The players that will be coming along 5 years from now, is when the biggest payoff will be seen. The club now has an identity that I hope they stick with all the way through. Total Football.