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From Vancouver GM Bob Lenarduzzi, a less-than-ringing endorsement of coach Martin Rennie

Oct 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

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It sounds like a decision on the future of Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie will happen sooner rather than later.

The club finishes its regular season Sunday at BC Place, and the topic du jour in British Columbian soccer circles will certainly be whether Rennie, who just completed his second year in charge, and whose team failed to make the playoffs, should have more time to get things right?

This story from The Vancouver Sun suggests that club deciders, including part owner Steve Nash, may be split over the choice.

Meanwhile, this story from 24 hours Vancouver suggests that owners look deeper than just the coaching staff. That would presumably mean GM Bob Lenarduzzi.

So it’s hard to say how much gristle might be trimmed away. But if we listen today to Lenarduzzi, it does not sound good for Rennie.  In an interview with Vancouver radio station TEAM 1040 on Tuesday, Lenarduzzi first delivers the standard management lines about evaluating everything and ongoing assessments and such. But then …

I would say that we were stagnant. The competition in the division – it’s clear for everyone to see – other clubs upgraded, as did we, but just not enough. Too many points dropped at key times.

“I would say that we probably maintained where we were, but most people would view it as having regressed because we haven’t made the playoffs.”

In the same interview, Lenarduzzi says the important decisions are being talked about right now and that announcements are likely to be made early next week.

Rennie, 23-25-19 in two seasons and without a playoff win, could conceivably keep his job – but MLS managers with losing records and flagging post-season success are generally skating on perilously thin ice.

  1. hildezero - Oct 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    He seems like a pretty good coach…

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