The Vancouver Whitecaps have done the expected and fired second-year coach Martin Rennie after his club failed to build on their playoff appearance from last season.
It's a swift end to the tenure of Rennie, who was heralded as a 'whiz kid' upon his arrival in Vancouver. After the 'Caps, who were brutal in 2011, started off strong under their Scottish manager, it appeared that Rennie would have the city eating out of the palm of his hand. Then the team collapsed, limping into the playoffs by virtue of the failure of other teams around them. They were bounced from their only match by the eventual Champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
Rennie took plenty of heat that season. It included the unmitigated failure of Barry Robson, the departure of Davide Chiumiento, and the poor showing of Kenny Miller. However, Rennie escaped criticism for the most part, because the club had gone from worst, to 'also ran' in just one short off-season.
Big things were expected from Rennie and the Whitecaps this season when Nigel Reo-Coker joined the squad. Youngsters like Johnny Leveron and Kekuta Manneh joined the fold as well, but the 'Caps struggled and ended up missing the playoffs, finding little to no scoring help beyond Golden Boot recipient Camilo.
While no replacement has been named, Frank Yallop sure seems popular in the city, and may soon get a crack at managing the club. Until then, the club will be on the lookout for their fourth head coach in just their 4th MLS season. Yikes.
To read Martin Rennie's statement on the firing, check this out.