November 3, 2012
Montreal coach and team part ways
MONTREAL - After keeping the expansion Montreal Impact in playoff contention into the final weeks of the Major League Soccer season, head coach Jesse Marsch and the team have parted ways.
"It is important to clarify that this is not a dismissal or a resignation, but rather an amicable parting of ways," said Impact president Joey Saputo in a statement. "Although the decision was a tough one to make, it was made mutually for the benefit of the club. While we had the same long-term objectives for this team, we realized over the past few weeks that we did not share the same philosophy as how to get there. Jesse always had the club at heart and he did his very best to succeed."
The Impact finished their inaugural season with a 12-16-6 record for 42 points, 11 points out of a playoff spot.
The Impact job was Marsch's first as a head coach, though he was a member of Bob Bradley's staff with the U.S, National Team before joining the MLS club. He played 14 seasons in MLS with D.C. United, Chicago Fire and Chivas USA. Marsch also has coached and worked with the Under-23, U-18, U-17 and U-15 National Team programs. He also was a member of the Northwestern University coaching staff from 2000-2005.
"Today, this is first and foremost a question of respect," said Marsch. "Respect for this club, what it has accomplished and where it is heading in the future. I had several discussions with Joey and Nick on how we could make it work and the conclusion was that this amicable split is the best solution for the club going forward. I am extremely proud to have been part of this organization. I will always be grateful to Joey and Nick for having given me this great opportunity."
In the interim, assistant coaches Mike Sorber, Denis Hamlett and Mauro Biello will take charge of the team. Impact U21 head coach Philippe Eullaffroy will travel with the team for their upcoming Italy tour.
"With Jesse, we have put in place a good base for the future and we will now take all the necessary time and steps to find our next head coach," added the Impact's president.
The club also announced that goalkeeper coach Preston Burpo and physical preparation coach Adam Rotchstein will not be returning to the club in 2013.