Lilley out of picture

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps have one less Bob.

Head coach Bob Lilley won't return for a fourth season because president Bob Lenarduzzi decided yesterday not to offer him a new deal.

Assistant coach Todd Wawrousek will act as interim head coach. Lenarduzzi hopes to hire a replacement by the end of November.

Vancouver was 33-20-31 in regular season and 3-1-4 in playoffs under Lilley, the club's first American head coach. He guided the team to its first United Soccer Leagues' First Division championship in 2006.

In 2007, the Whitecaps finished seventh in the 12-team league with a 9-7-12 record. The Portland Timbers eliminated Vancouver on Sunday in the first playoff round.

Trades, injuries and the sudden departure of goalkeeper Tony Caig contributed to a club-record 12-game winless streak that marred the season's second half.

Lilley wouldn't comment on Lenarduzzi's decision.

"I hold the players in high regard for their efforts and what they've accomplished for the club," he said. "They had some tough times this year and kept battling, they certainly represented the club very well."


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