— Luke Wileman (@LukeWileman) October 18, 2012
That’s the big story from today (means potentially $200 for supporters section tickets), and, yes, it’s about time, and no, it’s not certain that many of the aggrieved will return after the Aron Winter Disaster and the Paul Mariner Forfeit.
There is more good news from the Anti-Mariner clan in Toronto FC fan circles:
Will Paul Mariner be the coach next year? Anselmi; “He’s under contract for one more year. We’ll do our review and go from there.”
— Gerry Dobson (@SNGerryDobson) October 18, 2012
Considering there are only two games left, and that this is a backtrack of sorts from earlier signs Mariner would get the go-ahead next year, I would say it’s pretty much certain he won’t be at BMO Field next year.
The bad news, and it’s very bad, is that despite the populist gestures, there are no signs Anselmi or indeed anyone within Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is serious about improving what is clearly a broken organization. From De Vos:
I asked Anselmi who in the Canadian football world he is speaking with to get advice on the direction of the club. Couldn’t give me a name.
— Jason deVos (@jasondevos) October 18, 2012
This is dreadful news. It’s simply unacceptable that the club doesn’t have concrete plans for an overhaul, at the very least. A major missed opportunity for Anselmi to show the fans that things are going to fundamentally change ahead of next year.
Want my entirely unsolicited advice? Don’t bother seeking out advice, just hire Peter Wilt as GM, do everything he tells you, and hire Stephen Hart as head coach.