John Carver out as Toronto FC coach
The John Carver era is over after 15 months, as the Englishman resigned as coach of Toronto FC on Saturday, citing personal reasons for his decision.
Assistant coaches Chris Cummins and Nick Dasovic will oversee the team when it hosts the Kansas City Wizards on Sunday. The club said a decision on the vacant head coaching position would be made early next week.
CBCSports.ca attempted to reach Carver by phone, but the former Toronto coach did not answer.
Carver, who was hired as coach prior to the start of the 2008 Major League Soccer season, thanked club general manager Mo Johnston and Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment, the team's owners, in his final farewell.
"This is a great company to work for and I thank them for the opportunity to be part of this club," Carver said in a statement. "The team is in great hands and I know they will all keep working towards our goal of reaching the playoffs.
"I have worked with some top international players in my time, and we've got some here in Toronto, but this group is the best bunch of guys I've ever worked with. I also want to thank the fans. They are some of the best without a doubt and I hope they keep supporting this club for a long time to come."
Johnston thanked Carver, a 44-year-old native of Newcastle, England, for his service.
"We appreciate all his hard work in helping this team become more competitive, and we wish him all the best."
Carver leaves Toronto with the team sitting in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with a 2-2-2 record and fresh off a 1-0 home win over Chivas USA Wednesday night, a game that saw the Englishman hand over the coaching reins to Cummins.
Carver was fined $750 US by MLS on Tuesday for calling referee Tim Weyland's performance "a disgrace" in Toronto's 3-2 loss to FC Dallas in Texas last Sunday.
That game was decided by an 84th minute penalty kick that gave Dallas the win. It was a controversial decision by Weyland, who concluded that Toronto defender Marvell Wynne intentionally handled the ball with his arm in the 18-yard box.
In light of his public criticism of Weyland, Carver told reporters Tuesday that maybe it was best if he didn't take his usual spot on the sidelines for the Chivas contest. Carver ended up watching the game from a private box.
Prior to coming to MLS, Carver was head coach of English club Luton Town. He also served as an assistant manager at Newcastle United under Bobby Robson and had a short stint as caretaker manager at Leeds United in 2006.
Overall, Toronto FC was 11-15-10 during Carver's time in charge of the club.