On the heels of back to back home defeats, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced Tuesday morning the release of manager Carl Robinson, assistant coach Martyn Pert and goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr effective immediately.
It was announced that Whitecaps FC Academy coach Craig Dalrymple will step in as caretaker manager for the remainder of the season, with the search for a new manager already underway.
Speaking on the announcement, club president Bob Lenarduzzi said “We have a lot of respect and appreciation for Carl and his team, and are thankful for the contributions they have made to this club. A lot of thought and consideration has gone into this decision, which was made with the best interests of the club moving forward.”
He added that ”With five games left, we remain focused on our opportunity to make the playoffs. As we look to 2019 and beyond, we are committed to being a championship contender and a global search for a coach to lead this vision will start today.”
There have been rumblings in the gossip circles linking LAFC assistant manager Marc Dos Santos with the position, with San Jose Earthquakes also mooted as a possible destination for the Canadian manager.
Robinson joined Whitecaps FC as assistant coach in 2011 before taking the reigns in 2013. During his five seasons at the helm, Robinson recorded an MLS regular season record of 64-59-42 and 78-71-50 across all competitions. Robbo’s resume in Vancouver included three playoff appearances, including two Western Conference semifinals, the 2015 Canadian Championship, and a semifinal appearance in the 2016-17 Concacaf Champions League.
With five remaining matches on the 2018 calendar, and the ‘Caps 4 points adrift of the 6th and final playoff position, it certainly looks as if the club is switching gears to focus on 2019 as opposed to making a run despite Lenarduzzi’s comments.
Given that Craig Dalrymple is stepping into the role, perhaps there will be opportunities for academy products such as Michael Baldisimo, Simon Colyn, Sean Melvin or David Norman Jr. to get minutes at MLS level given Dalrymple’s familiarity with the players.
Do you think this was a premature move or one that could have come even sooner? Or better yet, who would you want to see get the opportunity to manage the ‘Caps in 2019?