Rennie says he’s flattered to be linked with Bairns job

Larbert lad Martin Rennie has been in charge of Vancouver Whitecaps since 2011.
Larbert lad Martin Rennie has been in charge of Vancouver Whitecaps since 2011.

Vancouver Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie has admitted he’s “flattered” to be linked with the top job at his hometown team but says his focus is building his team in Vancouver.

The 37-year-old grew up in Larbert and remains a keen Falkirk fan.

Following a playing career that saw him turn out for local junior sides Dunipace and Bo’ness United, Rennie took a coaching job with Oregon side Cascade Surge in 2005 before becoming head coach of the Whitecaps six years later.

Success quickly followed, as the Scot led the club to their first ever MLS play-offs.

But speculation has suggested Rennie with a return to Falkirk to replace Steven Pressley after his departure to Coventry earlier this month

Now he has admitted to the North American sports blog ‘Har Journalist’ that he is aware of the speculation linking him with Westfield.

He said: “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.

“I think my main focus is building a club here in Vancouver, and fulfilling potential that I think we have.

“I’m really committed to the vision that ownership have.

The Bairns announced yesterday that they will hold interviews next week with a view to appointing a replacement for Steven Pressley.