Former New England Revolution assistant coach and broadcaster Paul Mariner passed away Friday at age 68 after battling brain cancer, his family announced in a Twitter post.
Tributes came pouring in on social media to mourn the loss of the former Toronto FC head coach and beloved member of the global soccer community, including from the Revs, who released a statement: “The New England Revolution are deeply saddened by the news today regarding the death of Paul Mariner. An incredible player, coach and broadcaster, Paul’s unwavering kindness and good humor left an indelible mark on all who knew him, and his Revolution family will remember him best as a beloved friend. Our thoughts are with the Mariner family at this difficult time.”
Mariner worked in New England under ex-head coach Steve Nicol, leading to several MLS Cup trips and U.S. Open Cup (2007) and SuperLiga (2008) titles during their tenure. He also briefly led Toronto FC during the 2012 campaign, then worked extensively in broadcasting alongside longtime Revolution play-by-play commentator Brad Feldman. Before managing the Reds, he joined as their director of player development in January 2011.
A standout striker, Mariner played for England internationally between 1977 and 1985, scoring 13 goals and representing the Three Lions at the 1980 European Championships and the 1982 World Cup. During his club career, he spent time at Plymouth Argyle, Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Wollongong City. He lifted the UEFA Cup and FA Cup during an eight-year spell at Ipswich, scoring 139 goals in 339 games for the club.