By FRANCO PANIZO
The Martin Rennie era in Vancouver has reportedly come to an end.
Rennie has been let go by the Whitecaps after failing to lead the club to a playoff spot this season, according to reports out of Vancouver. Speculation over Rennie’s future with the club had lingered throughout much of the recently-concluded campaign, but a seventh-placed finish in the Western Conference this year seems to have sealed his fate despite the impressive goal-scoring total the Whitecaps had.
In his two years in charge in Vancouver, the 38-year-old Rennie amassed a 24-25-19 record, reached the 2012 postseason and won the 2013 Cascadia Cup. None of that was apparently enough to have him keep his job, however, as he also failed to win the Canadian Championship the last two seasons.
Questions about his development of younger players like Kekuta Manneh and Russel Teibert also came into question this year.
The 38-year-old Scotsman had previously been reported on being on a two-year deal that would be extended to a third if he had playoff or Canadian Championship success, but Rennie denied those reports earlier in the season.
The Whitecaps join FC Dallas as MLS clubs currently without a head coach, but there have been persisting rumors that former San Jose Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop is in line to replace Rennie in Vancouver.
Yallop has been out of a job since leaving the Earthquakes post earlier in the year.
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