Cummins still TFC coach, for now
First-year bench boss says he hasn't been fired or resigned
Chris Cummins maintains he is still the head coach of Toronto FC.
But for how much longer is anybody's guess.
A report published Sunday on the website of Toronto sports radio station FAN 590 stated that Cummins would not be returning as head coach of the Major League Soccer club in 2010.
"Really? That’s news to me," Cummins told CBCSports.ca in a phone interview Sunday afternoon.
Cummins said he hasn't been fired by the club, nor has he resigned his post.
He did, however, reveal that he is considering his future with the club and that an official team announcement would likely be made later this week.
After serving as an assistant during the 2008 MLS campaign, Cummins was named Toronto FC's interim head coach when John Carver resigned in April.
Under Cummins's tutelage, Toronto FC won the Canadian club championship (beating out the Montreal Impact and Vancouver Whitecaps) and finished the 2009 season with a 10-11-9 record, an improvement on the 9-13-8 mark they achieved a season ago under Carver.
Embarrassing 5-0 defeat
But the roof fell in on the Reds Saturday night when Toronto suffered an embarrassing 5-0 road loss to the New York Red Bulls in their regular-season finale, a humbling result against the worst team in the league.
A victory over New York (5-19-6), eliminated from playoff contention long ago, would have put Toronto in pole position to claim a post-season berth for the first time in franchise history.
But the loss to the lowly Red Bulls, combined with a 2-2 draw between D.C. United and the Kansas City Wizards in a game that finished later Saturday night, officially killed the Reds' playoff dreams on the final weekend of the season.
The 5-0 loss to New York was also Toronto's heaviest defeat since it joined MLS in 2007.
After the game, Cummins admitted to reporters he was thinking about his future as coach of Toronto FC, citing unfulfilled promises made to him by the team, in addition to a desire to be closer to his family.
Cummins's wife and five children currently live in England.