Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Whitecaps Appear Set To Hire Railhawks' Martin Rennie As New Coach

The Vancouver Whitecaps are expected to announce Martin Rennie as their new head coach during a Tuesday press conference.

The 36-year-old Scotsman is currently coaching the NASL's Carolina Railhawks, who are currently running away with the league's regular-season title. IndyWeek.com is also reporting that Rennie will complete the season with the Railhawks before joining the Whitecaps. Rennie had reportedly been pursued by the Montreal Impact to lead them into MLS, but the talks may have broken down over his ability to finish out the season with the Railhawks.

Marc Weber of the Vancouver Pronvince is now reporting that Rennie will sign a three-year deal. Current coach and Director of Soccer Tom Soehn will finish out the season.

Rennie is widely considered to be among the top young coaches in North America, having earned his UEFA "A" license at 26 years old. In the last two years, he has led the Railhawks to USSF-Division 2's second best regular-season record, led them to runner-up status in the end-of-year tournament and has them off to a dominating start this year, despite having to mostly rebuild the team. The Railhawks currently sit at 44 points through 19 games and boast a goal-difference of 24.

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