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Portsmouth legend Mariner in Seattle talks

MLS expansion team for season 2009 Seattle Sounders FC have received permission from New England Revolution to talk to assistant coach Paul Mariner. Boston.com says Seattle had been given the all-clear to speak with Mariner last night.

The former England International Mariner scored 97 goals in eight seasons for Ipswich Town from 1976-84, before playing three seasons with Arsenal FC in London and finishing his English Leagues career with Portsmouth.

Mariner told the Arizona Republic he is interested in the position and that he had also interviewed with Chicago fire earlier this year.

It is often joked within the press core in America that Mariner and Steve Nicol are joined at the hip. Mariner went onto say: "If becoming an MLS head coach doesn't happen, I'll probably stay with Steve Nicol, and then move on and work in Asia in media and coach."

After the recent disappointment regarding Ruud Gullit's stint at LA Galaxy, promoting from within MLS could be a more prudent move for Seattle FC.

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