Reports and rumors have circulated for the past few weeks because Martino's contract with Atlanta United is set to expire after this season. He is considering a contract proposal received from the team within the past two weeks. He has said that he is supposed to let the team know his decision by Oct. 1, but that because he has been constantly communicating with team president Darren Eales and the front office that he doesn't feel pressure to make a decision by that date.
“This week, we are absolutely focused on Red Bulls,” Martino said. “After this game, we will go back and talk with Darren.”
When pointed out to him that in his answers he still hadn’t denied the reports, Martino said, “I’ve said that I’ve never spoken with anyone, so how am I not denying it?”
Martino joked that he also has seen a report saying he’s going to work at Publix. He said that report is not true.
Atlanta United has consistently declined to comment. That is the team’s standard when asked about personnel speculation.