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No shockers here: Martin Rennie apparently out at Vancouver Whitecaps


(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)

In “pretty good listener” Klopp, Liverpool has breath of fresh air

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In some ways, all managers are the same: intelligent football men messing around with the puzzle that is winning matches.

But to listen to Jurgen Klopp’s introductory press conference is to get a different view. While some managers sound like they create the puzzles, or even create the game itself, Klopp speaks of the challenge with reverence.

[ MORE: Klopp unveiled as “the Normal One” ]

In other words, it seems unlikely we will be hearing him utter phrases designed at painting himself as a Picasso of the pitch, rather that of a museum curator.

For example, here’s the new Liverpool boss on the club’s history.

From JPW on Merseyside:

“Twenty-five years ago [since the last league title] is a long time,” Klopp said. “History is only the base for us, [we shouldn’t] keep the history in our backpack all day. I want to see the first step next week and not always compare with other times. This is a great club with big potential. Everything is there. Let’s try to start a new way. Everything is different – I don’t know it all but I’m a pretty good listener.”

The “normal one” speaks like an honor student, not the know-it-all professor demanding students regurgitate facts from the book he wrote and tossed on the syllabus.

And perhaps this is the manner in which the Reds will add a new, positive chapter to their storied history.

Kreis, Schmid dismiss Messing’s job switch comments

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Broadcaster and New York soccer hero Shep Messing caused quite a stir with his comments during the Red Bulls/Impact match on Wednesday, and those words have cause plenty of reaction in MLS.

If you missed it, Messing claims that New York City FC is ready to move on from Jason Kreis after just one season, and that Seattle coach Sigi Schmid is set to swap jobs with the NYC boss.

Messing also claims that Caleb Porter could end his disappointing run in Portland to head back to college soccer.

Kreis and Schmid disagree. The latter says he loves the Sounders and is committed to bringing an MLS Cup to Seattle. Kreis was just flabbergasted.


“I was watching the game last night, and it caught me completely by surprise. I thought that was an absolutely ludicrous statement and unfounded,” Kreis said after training Thursday. “I have no knowledge of that information at all, and I kind of scratch my head because at the end of the day I’m very happy here.”

So is there any truth here? The Porter part makes sense, especially if the Timbers fail to make the postseason again and the brash coach wishes to go back to a place where he’s had success.

As for Schmid and Kreis, that’s a curious one. Maybe NYC’s star studded roster would like a change, and Schmid has more success with big egos. And Kreis would thrive just about anywhere, but why would NYC ditch a man who built this from scratch? They’ve invested so much in the ex-RSL legend.