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Report: Former DC defender Nelsen to be new TFC coach

Ryan Nelsen lifts MLS Cup 2004

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New Toronto FC president Kevin Payne appears set to shake things up a bit more at BMO Field.

According to a Soccer By Ives report on Monday, Payne has relieved current head coach Paul Mariner of his duties, and is set to name former D.C. United defender Ryan Nelsen as Mariner's replacement. This comes just hours after the news that technical manager Bob de Klerk has also been let go.

TFC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MLSsoccer.com on Monday, but did send out a media advisory that the club will be making a "major announcement" at BMO Field on Tuesday. 

Nelsen, a New Zealand international, spent five seasons with D.C., winning an MLS Cup title in 2004. He then moved on to a long and productive career in England, primarily with Blackburn Rovers. He also captained the All-Whites at the 2010 World Cup, in which they were the only squad to finish the tournament unbeaten.

The 35-year-old Nelsen is currently on the books at Queens Park Rangers, but is not expected to feature as a player/coach for TFC, according to the report.