Talk about walking into the lion's den.
After watching his team suffer a humiliating loss that cost them a playoff berth on the weekend, Toronto FC general manager Mo Johnston will formally address the media for the first time at a Tuesday morning press conference where he will discuss the 2009 Major League Soccer season and his plans for the 2010 campaign.
Johnston has come under direct fire from Toronto media outlets, with several reporters publicly calling for his resignation, ever since TFC was embarrassed 5-0 by the last-place New York Red Bulls at Giants Stadium on Saturday night.
A victory over New York (5-19-6), eliminated from playoff contention long ago, would have put Toronto (10-11-9) in pole position to claim a post-season berth for the first time in franchise history.
But the humbling loss to the 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 Toronto's heaviest defeat since it joined MLS in 2007.
Speculation has run wild ever since Saturday’s game about the future of coach Chris Cummins, with Toronto sports radio station The Fan 590 reporting that the Englishman would not be back on the sidelines for Toronto FC in 2010.
But Cummins told CBCSports.ca on Sunday and again on Monday that he has not been relieved of his duties, nor has he tendered his resignation.