VANCOUVER, B.C – Whitecaps Coach Martin Rennie hails from the small Northern Scottish town of Thurso, and when he was growing up his family moved all around Scotland before settling in Larbert, just outside of Falkirk.
Larbert may be the village that is home to tiny Stenhousemuir but Rennie grew up as a supporter for Falkirk and eventually went on to be a ball boy for “The Bairns”.
The dark blues were was the team Martin Rennie idolized when he was a young lad, and now that he is an established MLS manager it’s quite intriguing that Rennie’s named would be mentioned when it comes to an open coaching vacancy with Falkirk.
The vacancy was created when Steven Pressley decided to leave the middle of the table team to manage Coventry City in the Npower League 1 Division.
Pressley (known obviously as Elvis) won on his début on March 9, 2-1 away to Scunthrope, and that’s when the Martin Rennie to Falkirk speculation came to light according to this piece out of Scotland.
If you had a vast resume that included professional coaching jobs in the world of football, and your favourite team from your childhood was thought to be interested in you for their coaching vacancy what would you do?
Most of us would probably pack up a suitcase and hop on the fastest flight available. However that’s not the thinking Martin Rennie has going through his mind at the moment:
“ I’m really happy in Vancouver, and I really like the club here, and the opportunity that I’ve got here so really my focus is just on here, and doing a good job. It’s always flattering when you get people talking about those kind of jobs. Falkirk’s my local team that I’ve supported as a boy, and I was a ball boy there, and everything like that so it’s always a little more flattering I think.”
True to his growing reputation inside the catacombs of the North American game’s movers and shakers, Rennie stuck to an established point of principle when asked at training if he had heard from his hometown club regarding the vacancy.
“No, but I would never comment on that because if someone else gets the job it would look bad. But I have read the speculation.”
Rennie has been building a solid core foundation of young players since he arrived in Vancouver on November 1, 2011. Finishing what he has begun has a lure all of its own:
“I think my main focus is building a club here in Vancouver, and fulfilling the potential that I think we have. I think we can have a really great club here, and we already have a lot of things going for us but we want to have more success on the field, and build the fan base, and the youth system. I’m really committed to the vision that ownership have.”
Notes: Falkirk F.C. did not return an email when reached for comment regarding this story. Others linked to the coaching vacancy include Falkirk F.C., defender Darren Dods, Alloa Athletic player, and manager Paul Hartley, and Queen of the South player, and manager Allan Johnston.