9 potential candidates to replace Thierry Henry as CF Montréal coach | Greg Seltzer

Thus far, the grapevine is quiet about Thierry Henry’s potential successor at CF Montréal after the head coach stepped down Thursday for household causes, leaving native followers and league-wide observers to marvel what comes subsequent for the Canadian membership.

We’re right here to fill that void, however floating hypothesis is just too crass for my style. As a substitute, let’s check out some potential hires that Montréal sporting director Olivier Renard would possibly do well to look into. Contemplate these friendly strategies moderately than makes an attempt at beginning scuttlebutt.

There are a number of assistants and one reserve team boss on the list, however nobody who’s at present dedicated to a first-team top post. There’s loads of acquainted names, together with three which have beforehand referred to as the photographs for an MLS team. We’ve decisions that make whole sense and others which might be a minimum of a bit far-fetched. We also have a couple with deep connections to Montréal and their now-rudderless expenses.

Gabriel Batistuta

There is a good deal working against this selection. Batistuta has but to carry a manager’s post, so there is no solution to understand how he’d method the job or fare. After which there’s the truth that Olivier Renard made it known that he is had no contact with the Fiorentina/Argentina legend. On the opposite hand, the artist previously often called Batigol as soon as spoke of a need to coach in MLS and reportedly was not too long ago in discussions with considered one of its American golf equipment. Maybe Montreal could possibly be compelled to a minimum of ring him up?

Mauro Biello

This is a wacky concept: Bring back one of many extra standard figures in native soccer, who additionally occurs to be arguably the membership’s best-ever head coach. Biello is at present the right-hand man of Canada boss John Herdman, and the manager of the Under-23 side that may soon try to qualify for the Olympics. That challenge can be loads to surrender, however Biello admits he was “heartbroken” over shedding his Stade Saputo job.

Mauro Biello beforehand led CF Montréal from 2015-17 | USA Right this moment Sports activities

Conor Casey

Perhaps it is just me, nevertheless it certain appeared very spectacular how, with no prior administration expertise, Casey pulled the Colorado Rapids out of their Anthony Hudson death spiral in 2019. The team seemed extraordinarily lost, however then nearly magically have been discovered under the membership’s former striker, who clearly discovered a factor or two about managing from old Mainz 05 boss Jurgen Klopp. The advance was so marked, native scribes have been caught questioning if Casey was a genius. I can consider a method for CF Montréal to search out out.

Ezra Hendrickson

This is not the primary time I’ve proposed that an MLS membership test into Hendrickson, and till he’s given a head teaching post it most likely will not be the last. He is at present an assistant to Caleb Porter with MLS Cup holders Columbus, and additionally spent a number of seasons serving that position under Sigi Schmid. The longtime MLS defender’s experience on the back might come in useful for a membership that habitually struggles in that space of the field.

Wilfried Nancy

The Frenchman’s tenure as Montréal assistant coach has spanned six years and 4 completely different head coaches, so we all know he is well-liked within the group. Nancy is slated to a minimum of quickly take cost when coaching begins in March. That, and the truth that we’ve no different names to kick about but, makes him the early however extraordinarily tentative favourite for the job.

Kolo Toure

Searching for a alternative out of left field? The Leicester City assistant would possibly match the invoice. Foxes manager Brendan Rogers, who additionally had Toure on his workers at Celtic, routinely gushes publicly over his protege’s capability and promise on the sideline. The longtime ace Premier League defender already has a powerful rep as a player’s coach. And he speaks French, which by no means hurts when going up for the top job in Montréal.

Kolo Toure, proper, strolling with Brendan Rogers throughout a Celtic FC coaching session | Reuters/Motion Pictures

John Wolyniec

Like Hendrickson, the New York Red Bulls II head coach has been advised by me earlier than. Wolyniec’s tactical proclivities match up well with Montréal’s present roster, and his USL Championship background makes him an ace at growing young talent. The Stade Saputo membership have a mass of promising players that has solely grown with the latest acquisitions of Djordje Mihailovic, Kamal Miller and Mason Toye.

Gertjan Verbeek

Within the interest of full disclosure, there’s a variety of private choice concerned on this suggestion. Verbeek was in cost throughout Michael Bradley’s time at Heerenveen and throughout Jozy Altidore’s AZ Alkmaar stint, and I intently coated each eras in particular person. The 58-year-old (who last managed in Australia, so he is adventurous) is an eminently intriguing character and typically performs a conventional Dutch model of soccer, so for me, he is essentially the most entertaining alternative right here. That is to not say he is not a top quality coach. Verbeek is most in his factor when lifting golf equipment that have not reached their potential (hiya, Montréal!).

Patrick Vieira

Because of the wonders of alphabetical order, we have saved arguably the best possibility for last. In contrast to the opposite big names cast overseas on this list, Vieira is aware of precisely how MLS works from a personnel standpoint and what it takes to win on these shores. The former New York City FC boss additionally favors an entertaining model that may have interaction Montréal followers who’re weary of also-ran standing. Would he be inquisitive about returning after his Ligue 1 stay with OGC Good? I haven’t got that reply, however Montréal ought to undoubtedly be asking the query.


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