Martin Rennie Reportedly Fired by Vancouver Whitecaps
The Vancouver Whitecaps have fired manager Martin Rennie following the 2013 Major League Soccer season, according to reports.
Marc Weber of The Province confirmed the news on Twitter:
I can confirm that Martin Rennie is out as coach but not that Yallop will be his replacement, as obvious as it seems. @aftncanada says done— Marc Weber (@ProvinceWeber) October 29, 2013
The Whitecaps' front office wasted no time making the move, as the squad's season ended on Sunday after a 3-0 win over Colorado.
This season was Rennie's second with the club after becoming head coach in late 2011. The Whitecaps job was the first MLS gig for the 38-year-old.
Rennie significantly overhauled the roster upon his arrival, and it seemed to pay dividends early on, as the Whitecaps finished fifth in the Western Conference a year ago and were eliminated in the knockout round of the playoffs. It was the first time a Canadian team qualified for the MLS playoffs.
However, the 2013 season didn't bring more improvement for Vancouver. It finished 13-12-9 on the season, finishing seventh in the West and finishing three points out of the playoffs.
Vancouver may have Frank Yallop waiting in the wings, as the tweet indicated. He has won multiple MLS Cups and just parted ways with San Jose, and his ties to Vancouver early in his life make it a potential move.
For a manager who quickly climbed the rankings of professional coaching, Rennie should be able to bounce back following a campaign as Whitecaps manager that gave plenty to build on. The 38-year-old may very well serve as an attractive option for an MLS club looking for significant change following the 2013 season.
If that isn't the case, the NASL may be an option, as Rennie has already coached at that level for the Carolina RailHawks.
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