On Tuesday, the club announced that it would not renew the 38-year-old’s contract.
This after Rennie’s side posted a 13-12-9 record in MLS play this season and lifted the Cascadia Cup, awarded to the team with the best head-to-head record among Pacific Northwest clubs.
Ultimately it was the Scotsman’s failure to lead the Whitecaps to the MLS Cup playoffs for a second consecutive season, and the team’s inability to win the Canadian Championship and the coveted CONCACAF Champions League spot that comes with it, that cost him the job.
The second consecutive end-of-season meltdown will surely not have helped his case, either, as the side went through a rough 1-7-2 run over August and September after appearing like potential Supporters’ Shield contenders in midseason.
“From our point of view, it’s not just this season, it’s also last season as well,” club president Bob Lenarduzzi told reporters at a press conference at BC Place Tuesday. “In both of those years, we started well, and we tailed off toward the end…there’s no doubt there’s a fine line between success and what we would deem to be failure.
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