[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Montreal Impact shook up its coaching staff in the aftermath of its decision to replace Jesse Marsch
with Swiss coach Marco Schaellibaum. It dumped American assistants Mike Sorber and Dennis Hamlett as part of a move that Impact president Joey Saputo said was intended to cut its American ties.
Mauro Biello (the lone returnee), Philippe Eullaffroy (Montreal academy U-21 and academy director) and Youssef Dahha (the academy goalkeeping coach) will serve as first-team assistants under Schaellibaum, who has no MLS experience.
“We always said we wanted to get a European,” said Saputo. “Getting into MLS, we were told that it’s different, that you need to have American experience, so that’s what we went for. We moved away from what we really believed."
Saputo said Montreal fans want a different kind of team than the one Marsch put together in 2012 for its not-so-bad expansion season.
“We’re a very European-type city,” he said. “We’re different from Toronto and the American cities. The culture is different. Our fans didn’t accept that we brought in so many American players. They wanted to see European and South American players. When we talk about the philosophies not being the same, that’s what it was.”