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Vancouver Whitecaps fire coach Martin Rennie
Inceptions are nice. Honeymoons are fine and well. But, eventually, results have to follow, and that's why the Vancouver Whitecaps have parted ways with head coach Martin Rennie.
The Caps announced the move on Tuesday and the search for a new on-field hefe will begin immediately.
"In order for this club to continue to grow and reach the next level, now is the right time to make this change and move in a different direction," said team president Bob Lenarduzzi, in a statement released online.
In two seasons with the Caps, Rennie's team posted an MLS record of 24 wins, 25 losses, and 19 draws. The Whitecaps missed the playoffs this season and bowed out to the eventual champion L.A. Galaxy in the first game of the league's 2012 postseason.
Rennie released the following statement on his dismissal, also posted online by Vancouver FC:
"I would like to thank Vancouver Whitecaps FC's ownership group for giving me the opportunity to be the head coach of the team for the last two years. It has been a great experience to see the team improve its points total by 75% and to see our goal output increase by 55%. I hope the fans have enjoyed the attacking and entertaining soccer they have witnessed this season and I want to thank them for their incredible support. You have roared us on to the club's most successful season to date and it has been an honour to represent you. I will always have a special bond with you, especially those of us who were together on October 9, 2013 when we beat Seattle Sounders FC 4-1 to win the club's first MLS trophy.
I also want to thank all the staff and players at every level of the club who have supported me and been loyal to our mission of always giving 'Our all. Our honour'. Every decision we have made in the last two years has been with the long term success of the club in mind, and I am convinced that the team is now poised to contend for trophies at every level and meet the expectations that everyone in Vancouver has.
In life we have different roles at different times, and although there is great satisfaction in taking a project to fruition there is also a strong sense of accomplishment from turning a team around and giving it a solid foundation for future success. It has been an absolute privilege to have played the role that I have for the Whitecaps and I look forward to watching the organization move forward from strength to strength."