British Columbia·Video

'Never an easy decision': Vancouver Whitecaps fire head coach Carl Robinson

Robinson and two assistants have been let go after the team's playoff hopes continued to evaporate in a disappointing weekend loss to Dallas.

Robinson and 2 assistants let go after playoff hopes evaporate in disappointing loss to Dallas

The Vancouver Whitecaps have fired head coach Carl Robinson with five games remaining in the season. (File/The Canadian press)

The Vancouver Whitecaps have fired head coach Carl Robinson, assistant coach Martyn Pert and goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr.

"A lot of thought and consideration has gone into this decision, which was made with the best interests of the club moving forward," said team president Bob Lenarduzzi.

"It's never an easy decision to relieve your coaching staff. We try to do things the proper way, but now that the decision's been made what we'll look to do is establish what that criteria is that we're looking for in a head coach."

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi discussing coaching change

3 years ago
Duration 0:55
At a media scrum in Vancouver, Bob Lenarduzzi explains the rationale behind firing coach Carl Robinson and staff. 0:55

The Whitecaps have five games remaining in the season and are currently four points from a playoff place, sitting in eighth place in the MLS Western Conference with a record of 11 wins, seven draws and 11 losses.

The team posted another disappointing result on the weekend, giving up a late goal in a 2-1 loss to Dallas.

Robinson became head coach in 2013 after spending two seasons as assistant coach.  

Whitecaps Academy technical director Crag Dalrymple will fill in as head coach for the remainder of the season.

Robinson led the Whitecaps to three playoff appearances in his five-year tenure as head coach. (The Canadian Press / Darryl Dyck)

Read more from CBC British Columbia


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?