Falkirk have announced the appointment of Martin Rennie as the club’s new head coach.
The former Vancouver Whitecaps boss has taken over on a short-term deal until the end of the season. Rennie replaces Paul Sheerin at the League One club.
Falkirk are looking to reverse their fortunes after slipping to fifth place in League One and hope that Rennie’s record mean he is the man to spark a climb up the table.
The 46-year-old Scot has managed Carolina Railhawks, Vancouver Whitecaps, Seoul E-Land and Indy Eleven and is taking up his first job in Scotland.
A Falkirk statement read: “The board of Falkirk Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Rennie as our new head coach.
“Martin joins until the end of the season and brings a very strong track-record of success, in both the United States and South Korea. The board was particularly impressed by Martin’s proven ability to rapidly improve his team’s performances, which has been a consistent theme throughout his career.
“In his 15-year career to date Martin has won a total of 4 league titles and 4 cups, with numerous runners-up awards. His teams have achieved a total of 10 top-three finishes and reached play-offs in 12 out of 14 seasons. Martin also has a 53% win-rate from his 400+ games as a head coach.
“Despite spending his whole coaching career abroad, Martin is a Scot, who was born in Thurso and raised in Larbert. As a child he was a ball boy at Brockville Park and has been a huge Falkirk fan ever since.
“Martin still has family in the area and has completed all of his coaching badges, including the Level 5 UEFA Pro Licence, via the Scottish FA. We’re sure all Bairns will warmly welcome Martin back home, and give him their full support as we endeavour to turn this season and the whole club around.”