After a few quiet months inside the offices at BMO Field it appears Toronto FC is taking shape as it gets set to start its fifth year in Major League Soccer.

The Footy Blog received confirmation this morning that former Dutch international Aron Winter, a disciple of the famous Ajax coaching system, has agreed a three year deal with the club to become the head coach of the first team.

Toronto FC’s interim General Manager, Earl Cochrane, has been telling people this winter that they wanted someone who was familiar with the Ajax culture and playing style.

“Then they come to the right place, ” said Winter, in an interview with De Telegraaf in the Netherlands.

Winter added that he was found to be the best of the three candidates for the job, and Ajax youth academy coach Bob de Klerk will come over with him.

This immediately leads to speculation about Paul Mariner and what his role with the club will be. Mariner last week left Plymouth Argyle as an assistant to pursue another opportunity.

Despite the hiring of Winter, the Footy Blog understands that Mariner has agreed to join Toronto FC and will be revealed at a press conference this week.

The 57-year-old, who worked under Steve Nicol at New England for five seasons, will bring some knowledge of the league to the new Oranje Revolution at BMO Field.

For Winter, who played at Ajax, Lazio and Inter Milan, the opportunity gives him his first chance as the top man at a club. Winter has worked as an assistant at Ajax for the last five years and also acted as Foppe de Haan’s assistant for the Netherlands on home soil during the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup.

Kristian Jack