Falkirk have confirmed the surprise appointment of former Vancouver Whitecaps boss Martin Rennie as their new head coach until the end of the season.

Rennie, who has spent his entire coaching career outside of Scotland, replaces Paul Sheerin and the boyhood Falkirk fan will be hoping he can quickly turn things around at the Falkirk Stadium.

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The Bairns board confirmed the appointment last night as they look to turn results around after a disastrous start to the season leaves them fifth in League One.

“The Board of Falkirk Football Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Rennie as our new Head Coach,” a statement said.

“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.”

Rennie has also had stints in charge with Cascade Surge, Cleveland City Stars, Carolina Railhawks, Vancouver Whitecaps and Indy XI in the USA and he was most recently coaching in college soccer with Notre Dame.

Despite having never coached in Scotland, Rennie played for both Dunipace and Bo’ness United before injury ended his playing career.

A former pupil at Larbert High and ball boy at Falkirk’s old Brockville ground, Rennie will be hoping to have the same sort of success he’s had elsewhere in his career as Falkirk look to return to the Championship at the third attempt.

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