Teitur Thordarson admits his dismissal by the Vancouver Whitecaps shocked him.
The Icelander was shown the door last week.
"I was very surprised," Thordarson, who guided the Caps to a USL-1 title in 2008 and a USSF D-2 final in '09, told The Province. "I didn't expect it. If you expect it, then you have prepared yourself for it.
"I understand that the results hadn't been what we wanted, but the team had been playing well and close so many times. I look at it as unfortunate.
"It's only two games ago that we got people back into the team we'd been missing."