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Former Revs Assistant Paul Mariner Passes at 68

The longtime Revs coach also led Toronto FC and Plymouth Argyle after a stellar playing career.

New England Revolution v Toronto FC Photo by Paul Giamou/MLS via Getty Images

Long time New England Revolution assistant coach and former England striker Paul Mariner has passed away at 68.

At the end of last year it was revealed that Mariner had surgery related to a brain tumor, and back in February was under going chemotherapy.

Mariner featured as a striker beginning with Plymouth Argyle in 1973 before being sold to Ipswich Town in 1976 where he became a legend scoring 96 goals in 260 appearances. Internationally Mariner featured for England 35 times, scoring 13 goals, and his playing accolades include the 77-78 FA Cup and the 80-81 UEFA Cup (now Europa League) Final both with Ipswich. The end of his playing career he featured with Arsenal, Portsmouth, and in American for a couple of fledgling professional teams in the early 90s.

His coaching career started at Harvard in 2003 before signing on with Steve Nicol in 2004 and staying with the Revolution through the bulk of their 2000s success before being named the head coach of Plymouth Argyle in 2009. Mariner left Argyle after relegation and joined up with Toronto FC’s front office before taking over midseason as head coach. Since leaving coaching Mariner regularly featured as a pundit on ESPN FC alongside Nicol and in the broadcast booth where his commentary alongside Brad Feldman were a staple for the Revs for many seasons.

The outpouring of support from teams, former players and broadcasting colleagues are all ready pouring in.

Our thoughts are with Mariner’s family right now at this difficult time. We are honored to be among the places he called home during his long and wonderful soccer career. Those of you who have stories about or with Coach Mariner feel free to leave them in the comments below.

We’ll miss you Paul.