MONTREAL, QB – CF Montreal announced today that the former assistant coach Wilfred Nancy has been promoted to head coach after the premature departure of Thierry Henry due to family reasons. Nancy has been with the team since 2016 and made a statement after being promoted.
“I am very happy and proud to take on this new challenge,” Nancy said. “It’s even more special since it’s with the club I’ve known since I came to Montreal.”
Nancy — who is originally from France — joined the team back in 2011 to help as a coach in its academy program when it was launched.
Nancy will head a staff that will include former Montreal defender Laurent Ciman, Kwame Ampadu, Remy Vercoutre — who is the goalkeeper coach — and their fitness coach Jules Gueguen.
Olivier Renard, Montreal sporting director, gave his reasoning behind the promotion when he spoke to the Montreal media.
“After Thierry left, we decided to trust him and give him the opportunity to continue the work we started last season, with the same vision,” Renard said.
CF Montreal announces Florida home venue
In other news, Montreal was the second Canadian team to confirm that they will be starting the 2021 MLS season in Florida using the home of Inter Miami in Fort Lauderdale. It was announced on the team’s website in a move that was somewhat expected due to the border restrictions between Canada and the United States.
After finishing its training camp in Montreal the team will travel south on April 6 and will play two friendly games before starting the season on April 17.
“I want to thank Inter Miami CF for welcoming us,” Renard said. “Just like in New Jersey last year with the Red Bulls, we will have access to top infrastructures and favorable weather, which made us chose Florida. It will be a very special situation and we want our players to be in the best possible conditions before coming back to play in Montreal. We will do everything in our power to allow the players and the staff to be joined by their families so they can feel good while they are away from home.”
Photo: CF Montréal.