Former Norwich City midfielder Carl Robinson appointed manager of Vancouver Whitecaps
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Former Norwich City midfielder Carl Robinson has taken his first steps into football management after being appointed manager of Vancouver Whitecaps.
The former Wales international finished his playing career with Toronto FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) after leaving Carrow Road in January 2007.
For the last two years he has been assistant coach of the Canadian MLS side but has now been appointed as head coach ahead of the 2014 MLS season.
Robinson joined City on an initial loan deal from Sunderland in November 2005 and the move was made permanent in January 2006 following seven appearances, for a reported £50,000.
He went on to play 47 times for City, scoring twice, having enjoyed successful spells at Wolves and Sunderland earlier in his career.
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Robinson, who was capped 52 times by Wales, told the Whitecaps official website: 'I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two seasons in Vancouver, and am looking forward to the start of the 2014 season – the club's 40th anniversary.
'We have an exceptional fan base, a solid core of youth and experience, and a committed ownership group. I'm really excited about the opportunity to drive this club forward.'
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In 2013 Vancouver finished seventh in the Western Conference of the MLS, missing out on a place in the end-of-season MLS Cup.
Robinson had been working with the club's midfielders, as well as on finishing, and the club was equal fourth for goals scored in the Western Conference, with 53 goals, and Brazilian striker Camilo finished as the MLS top scorer with 22 goals.
Whitecaps club president Bob Lenarduzzi added: 'We are thrilled to announce Carl Robinson as our new head coach. During his time with the club, Carl has shown the qualities you look for in a successful head coach – a strong leader, great communicator with both youth and experienced players, high soccer IQ, technical and tactical intelligence, and a great work ethic.
'We are confident that Carl is a coach who will bring out the best in his players and help our club achieve success this season and beyond.'