(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.
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.