Posted on October 18, 2012
In the wake of Canada failing to qualify for the final CONCACAF round of World Cup qualifying, Stephen Hart on Thursday resigned as national coach.
The Canadian Soccer Association has accepted his resignation, according to a news release.
Canada (3-2-1, 10 points) finished third in Group C after it was trounced by host Honduras, 8-1, in San Pedro Sula on Tuesday night. Honduras (3-1-2, 11) and Panama (3-1-2, 11) finished atop the group and qualified for the next round. Only two sides in each of the three four-team groups clinched a spot in next year’s hexagonal.
“We would like to thank Stephen Hart for his contribution to the Canadian Soccer Association and Canada’s Men’s National Team Program,” CSA president Victor Montagliani said in a statement. “Mr. Hart has served as an exemplary model for the game at both the national and international levels. During his tenure with the association, he earned the respect of the Canadian soccer community and helped to raise the profile of the game in this country.”
Since taking over the coaching reins in 2006, Hart compiled a 20-15-10 mark. He ranks second in wins and first in winning percentage amongst former Canadian coaches. In World Cup qualifiers, Hart had a 7-2-3 mark over the last two years.
Photo: Stephen Hart resigned as Canada national coach after the 8-1 drubbing in Honduras. Keith Furman/First Row Photos
Categories: Canada, Honduras, North America, Panama, World Cup Qualifying
Tags: Canadian Soccer Association, CONCACAF, Stephen Hart, Victor Montagliani, World Cup qualifying