Duane Rollins has done a bit of translating from La Presse‘s Patrick Leduc, who discovered some of the reasons behind Jesse Marsch’s departure from the Montreal Impact.
It really comes down to a misunderstanding, presumably on the part of Marsch, of just how much authority he had in making key decisions on player acquisitions. At some point in the middle of the 2012 season, it appears Impact’s sporting director Nick De Santis took over deciding which players the team would go after. Hence the Italian invasion, with players like Marci Di Vaio and Alessandro Nesta joining the club.
Things apparently came to a head with the sacking and replacment of Marsch’s picks for fitness and goalkeeping coaches.
Here is my brief sermon on the situation, and similar situations in Major League Soccer (or indeed anywhere I guess). If you are going to have a sporting director with a clear vision of how a club should be run, what it’s players are like, what style of football it emulates, you need a first team coach that very much shares that vision.
In the music world for example, the people picking the orchestra need to do so in complete tandem with the person running the actual rehearsals, i.e. the conductor. It seems incredibly bush league for the Impact to hire an “MLS guy” and then chide him for using MLS trading strategies and picking MLS veteran players.
Marco Schällibaum should take careful note here; if things come to a head, it appears Joey Saputo would side with De Santis. Perhaps they are already on the same page. If they’re not, Impact fans should be concerned…