Cummins takes over as Toronto FC coach
Toronto FC named Chris Cummins interim head coach Wednesday, replacing John Carver who had suddenly resigned.
Cummins joined the Canadian Major League Soccer team in May 2008, and served as an assistant coach along with Nick Dasovic under Carver.
Dasovic was promoted to first assistant on Wednesday.
"I like the lads to play," Cummins said of his coaching philosophy during an afternoon news conference at BMO Field.
"There's going to be a freedom to play, to get the ball down (field), to look to pass the ball and put on a show as well as getting a result. Now that doesn't mean that we're going to be taking unnecessary risks, playing out from the back and causing ourselves problems."
Club GM Mo Johnston, who hired Carver, is confident Cummins will be up to the job.
"You can see he has a little bit of arrogance, plus a little bit of air in terms of being cool in front of the camera, which is good. Especially in this media," said Johnston, adding he does not plan on hiring a new assistant coach. "The way he's conducted himself within the locker-room. The way he's handled the games. I think when you break it all down, he was the obvious choice."
Cummins and Dasovic will be assisted by strength and conditioning coach Paul Winsper and goalkeeping coach Mike Toshack.
"If I go out and bring someone else in here, then there's going to be a lot of changes," continued Johnston. "And that's not what we need because we have a very good young team."
Carver stepped down on the weekend, citing personal reasons for his departure, although Johnston hinted the Englishman might have left because of his frustrations with the league and the standard of officiating in MLS.
Cummins and Dasovic took over coaching duties in the 1-0 win over Kansas City on Sunday.
Cummins and Dasovic also handled the coaching duties the game before, a 1-0 win over Chivas USA at home. Carver watched from a private box in the stands after he was fined — but not suspended — by the league for publicly questioning a controversial referee's decision in a 3-2 loss to FC Dallas a few days before.
Johnston said after the Kansas City game that he hasn't contacted any potential candidates and said no timetable has been set to name a full-time replacement for Carver.
Johnston said if Cummins does well, he will have the interim tag taken off his job description.
"Well why not? Look, it doesn't matter if you've got Jose Mourinho on your side or you've got Chris Cummins. Because at the end of the day if you're winning games, your fans are happy," Johnston said.
Cummins worked with Carver at English League One side Luton Town before coming to Toronto.
"I'm only 37 but I've been in the professional game for about 16 years, I've worked with many, many managers," he said. "Many that I thought were terrific and obviously a few that were not so good."
Dasovic, 40, is a former midfielder who played 63 times for Canada. He has also served as an assistant coach for the Canadian national team.
Toronto's next game is at home on May 2 against the Columbus Crew (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 4 p.m. ET).
With files from Canadian Press