Frank Yallop waiting in the wings for the Vancouver Whitecaps?October 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps Season 2013 | 2 Comments
With the Vancouver Whitecaps not making the playoffs, fans are turning their attention to the issue of coach Martin Rennie. Should the Vancouver Whitecaps fire Coach Martin Rennie? In my view a lot may turn on Sunday’s match against Colorado. If the Whitecaps win and end up with 48 points compared to last year’s 43, the ownership may see this as enough progress to keep Rennie. If they lose and end up with only 45 points on the year, this will not be progress enough. Though all I have is pure speculation, it is clear that Rennie’s position is by no means certain.
If Rennie is to go, there is a fellow by the name of Frank Yallop who may prove to be the man. Yallop has many years of coaching in Major League Soccer, with considerable success to boot. He won the MLS Cup in 2001 and 2003, the Supporter’s Shield in 2012, and was named coach of the year in MLS in 2001 and 2012. Yallop was coaching the San Jose Earthquakes recently until he parted ways with the club after the 2013 season was a disappointment to all concerned. Yallop was born in England but grew up in Vancouver. He has Canadian citizenship and both coached and played for the Canadian National team. As a player, he earned 52 caps for Canada.
Bob Lenarduzzi coached Yallop when Lenarduzzi was the coach of the Canadian men’s national team. Yallop’s connection to Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, and his proven success as a coach in MLS, might make him a very good fit indeed for the Whitecaps.
I’ll be very surprised if some preliminary discussions haven’t already been held. I’ll bet the Whitecaps have secretly spoken to him and asked him for his vision for the squad and the club.