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Toronto has been a team that has constantly run through players and coaches.
With five coaches leading the squad over the past four seasons, TFC management looked to establish a long-term solution to the coaching/managing problem in Toronto. Tom Anselmi announced before the start of this past season that Aron Winter, former Ajax youth squad coach, would immediately take the role of manager.
Unlike in past years, Winter was given help in assisting his transition to the MLS. Paul Mariner, was named director or soccer to guide Winter through the MLS processes. This duo set out to establish an image for Toronto FC—they would play exciting attacking "Dutch-like" football.
Although Winter's plan fell short this season, he did prove himself to be a bold coach who would live and die by his decisions. He also shuffled the squad, bringing in competent youth and ridding the team of unnecessary, albeit talented distractions (Dwayne De Rossario). Winter also brought in two quality designated players to lead the squad and provide quality to the midfield and striker positions.
Although Winter did not find league success in the 2011 season, the team did find success in the CONCACAF Champions League, earning a quarter final birth in a match against L.A. Galaxy in March.
Winter is still rebuilding his squad, but I firmly believe he is competent as an MLS coach. His greatest strength is recognizing and demanding talent and professionalism. This stern and youthful Dutch legend will do great things to turn around this Toronto franchise.