Bob de Klerk will no longer be on the sidelines for TFC. It seems appropriate his last action in that role was to almost start a fight with Jesse Marsch.
Toronto FC announced today a bit of a reshuffle in the coaching ranks, with Jim Brennan being promoted from his job as academy under 17 coach to assistant coach with the first team, and Bob de Klerk being "promoted" to Technical manager, whatever that is. Paul Mariner will also be doing more work with the first team apparently, coaching the strikers.
If the talk of a rift between the Dutch idealists and the MLS pragmatists is true, then this certainly looks like the tables being tipped very much in favour of the pragmatists, at least at the first team level. Will there be further changes, or will this be seen as enough of a compromise from Winter's side to keep his job safe for now? And why Brennan? Expect more talk about developing Canadian coaches and continuing their investment in Canadian talent, but really is this the environment you'd want to throw Canadian's into to try and learn?
Who knows exactly what all this means, but at the very least it seems to signal the end of the always entertaining Bob de Klerk on the sidelines, which will be a real shame, though probably make thing easier for all the 4th officials out there. More information, quotes and clarifications should come out through the day, and I'm very intrigued to hear Aron Winter's views on all these changes. Things just got interesting, we'll have more on this later as the situation becomes clearer.