After 5 1/2 years at the helm, Jay Heaps has been fired as New England coach. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Jay Heaps is out as New England Revolution coach. and reported Monday night that the Revs fired Heaps.

New England (10-14-5, 35 points), which is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference, still is in contention for a playoff berth. The top six teams in each conference qualify for the postseason.

It certainly didn’t help that the Revs dropped an embarrassing 7-0 defeat to expansion Atlanta United last week.

The 41-year-old Heaps directed New England to a 75-81-43 in five-plus seasons since he was hired as the team’s sixth coach in its history in 2011.

It was not immediately known whether assistant coach Tom Soehn would become interim coach for the rest of the regular season, reported.

The Revs have never won MLS Cup, although they have reached the final five times in their history. Their most recent appearance came under Heaps in 2014, when they lost to the host LA Galaxy, 2-1, in extratime.

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