In what could arguably be the most important Whitecaps signings this year, head coach Carl Robinson, assistants Martyn Pert and Gordon Forrest, and goalkeeping coach Marius Røvde have all had their contracts extended (the exact number of years was not announced). Despite not always being in the spotlight, their coaching was clearly an integral part of last season’s successes.
It seems much longer than a year since the ‘Caps were in a coaching crisis, missing out on a number of potential candidates before eventually settling for something of a backup plan in Carl Robinson. After beginning his tenure on December 16th, 2013, Robinson quickly weathered a few storms and righted the ship in time for a memorable season-opening win against the Red Bulls. From that game onward, there has been very little to complain about in terms of the Welshman’s managerial style. Not only does Robinson get results, but he is one of the most open and honest (and well-dressed) coaches the ‘Caps have ever had. Very few secrets are kept from fans and media, and mistakes are owned up to and learned from.
Many, if not all of Robbo’s signings have been great additions to the squad, and the locker room atmosphere is better than it’s ever been. After already achieving so much in just one season (CCL qualification, highest ever points total, making the playoffs, Cascadia Cup, etc.) it will be exciting to watch the club continue to grow, mature and win under this promising manager’s guidance.