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No shockers here: Martin Rennie apparently out at Vancouver Whitecaps

Oct 29, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

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(Updated, 6:34 p.m. ET … It’s official now, Rennie has been relieved)

The writing was all over the BC Place wall for Vancouver Whitecaps boss Martin Rennie, who is apparently out of time with the Western Conference club.

Failure to make the MLS playoffs is a big red flag in a league where over half the teams advance into the post-season. (Rennie’s Whitecaps finished two spots out of the running this year.)

Although the Whitecaps’ record improved slightly in Rennie’s second year in charge, his record over two seasons (24-25-19) just wasn’t good enough. Last week’s comments coming out of the club’s front office certainly had the sound of an organization that was fresh out of patience.

(MORE: Why Rennie failed with the Whitecaps)

The fact that Cascadia rival Seattle keeps making the playoffs wasn’t making anyone feel better about a manager that couldn’t quite eclipse the .500 barrier. And the team’s other Cascadia rival, Portland, is a bunch of folks’ favorites to take the whole shebang – so that certainly didn’t help either.

Oh … and Frank Yallop was available. That might have been the final blow; Yallop remains well thought of, and his Canadian roots apparently made this one an easy choice for the Whitecaps’ deciders.

It’s not certain, but some Canadian media outlets are reporting that Yallop, the former LA Galaxy and (more recently) San Jose Earthquakes boss, is all but signed on as the new man in charge at BC Place.

(MORE: The MLS coaching carousel is about to get crazy)

  1. mkbryant3 - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    Could that be why Yallop got the boot earlier in the year….they found out that he had been talking to Vancouver (or another Canadian club) about the coaching position?

    • Steve Davis - Oct 29, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Hmmmm. Interesting theory. … I respect Yallop a lot; he’s a stand-up guy. Seems unlikely he would speak to another club while still employed UNLESS he was already told that a change was about to be made. So, maybe we could quibble with that time line a bit.

      Besides, the Earthquakes weren’t doing very well when he was let go. And I think he was probably on a short leash at Buck Shaw after the 2011 season … so despite the Supporters Shield, it didn’t take long for Earthquakes management to grow sour on their coach when things started spiraling this year.

      • 127taringa - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

        I understand that Yallop and Bay area resident, minority Whitecap owner, Jeff Mallet were seen hanging out together a number of times.

        And no, I do not know what they were talking about.

  2. talgrath - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    I’m not so sure that the Whitecaps problems were due to Rennie. Sure, Camilo took the Golden Boot, but that’s pretty much because he was the only one putting the ball in the net for Vancouver. Sure, there’s a lot of potential in a lot of their younger players, but outside of Camilo, YP Lee and Kenny Miller (when Miller is healthy) who do they have that is good right now?

    • Steve Davis - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      I’ll have more later today on what went wrong for Rennie (in my opinion, that is). But I think there’s talent at BC Place. In addition to the players you mentioned, there’s Gershon Koffie, Nigel Reo-Coker, Russell Tiebert. And there are others (Mattocks) who probably should have developed faster.

      Maybe not breathtaking talent, but perhaps enough to eclipse .500 as a manager?

      • talgrath - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM

        Mattocks should be developing faster, no question (and that could be Rennie’s biggest failure). The rest though, I’m not so sure; maybe it’s that Rennie isn’t getting the best out of them, but they’ve never really impressed me. Looking at all the talent out and about in MLS right now, I’m not sure that you can get over .500 with the current roster Vancouver has. It’s possible the new manager will have me eating humble pie though, I will say that Rennie was part of the problem, but he isn’t the only problem.

  3. cutelittleguy02 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Please Impact hired him for Montreal team …would be great!

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