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As the famed soccer pundit Oscar Wilde almost once said; “To lose one manager in a season may be regarded as a misfortune. To lose two looks like carelessness.”

Technically the new man in charge of the Whitecaps, Martin Rennie, won’t begin his tenure until 2012 but just as first impressions count in life so first seasons can define a team for years to come and if Rennie turns out to be a bust then the Whitecaps will surely have to accept that the people appointing the managers are as much of a problem as the managers themselves.

Rennie though certainly comes with a track record of success wherever he has coached and will hopefully send a much needed breath of fresh air through a team and a fan base that is in dire need of light at the end of a dark tunnel of an inaugural season in MLS .

The timing though is odd. At the press conference announcing his arrival it was claimed that their would be “close communication” between Rennie and Soehn for the remainder of this campaign, and how that actually pans out and how much influence Rennie has on selection and formation will be fascinating to watch, but the players are now placed in the slightly odd position of trying to impress somebody who isn’t actually there on a day to day basis and the club as a whole now feels vaguely as though it has been placed in suspended animation until 2012.

Let’s just hope that the Whitecaps have used up their quota of “major announcements” with regards to the coach for the next few years and let’s just hope that the new man is given, at the very least, a full season to prove that he is as good as those that are employing him obviously think that he is.

 

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