On Jan. 7, Toronto FC fired their seventh head coach, Paul Mariner, and appointed EPL Queens Park Rangers' defender Ryan Nelsen new head coach of the struggling club, who have yet to reach the playoffs leading into their seventh season.
That's right. Nelsen is Toronto FC's eighth coach in its seven years operating as an MLS club.
Mariner was hired as head coach in June 2012, replacing Aron Winter.
Nelsen, a 35 year-old from New Zealand, played for new Toronto FC president and GM Kevin Payne at D.C. United. Coming out of Stanford University, Nelsen signed with United in 2001. In 2005, he joined EPL Blackburn Rovers, where he made 200 appearances before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in January 2012, and then to Queens Park Rangers.
Nelsen has 49 caps for New Zealand.
Also on Monday, Toronto FC announced that technical director Bob de Klerk left the club by mutual agreement. De Klerk had been with the club since January 2011.