On Tuesday afternoon CF Montreal released a statement that Kevin Gilmore has mutually agreed to step down as President of CEO of the team.
CF Montreal announces the departure of Kevin Gilmore
“A mutual decision amongst all parties involved, CF Montréal announced Tuesday that Kevin Gilmore, President, and Chief Executive Officer, is stepping down from his role, effective immediately. Kevin will remain a consultant within the organization, focusing on special files until the end of this season”.
Gilmore also released a statement on his end detailing how it has been very hard to handle the team the last 18 months and that led to him making the decision to step down but as the team mentions he will stay on as a consultant.
“The last 18 months have been very challenging on both the pandemic front and the Club front, and very difficult on a personal level for me and my family,” said Kevin Gilmore, former President, and Chief Executive Officer, CF Montréal. “Ultimately, these cumulative factors led to my decision to leave the organization. I’m grateful for my time with CF Montréal and thank the owners, the Board, and the team for the opportunity to work with them.”
Under Gilmore’s leadership, it has been said that he turned the team into a franchise that recruits and develops young talent and puts them in a structured environment that promotes individual and team success. He was able to lead the team through a pandemic helping manage the risks and complications playing on the road.
The CF Montreal board members also made a comment on his departure and they are sad to see him and see the success he has brought to the club.
“We are very proud of Kevin’s contributions towards the on-field direction of the team and the realignment of the technical team,” said CF Montréal Board Members. “We have enjoyed many successes under Kevin’s leadership and he had a positive contribution to the overall performance of the Club. We fully understand and support Kevin’s decision to step down. On behalf of the organization, we thank Kevin for his service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”
There was a bit of controversy during Gilmore’s tenure when he decided a rebrand was needed and changed the team’s name and logo after being the Impact for 20 years and it alienated him from the fans and a lot of them protested during games mentioning that they wanted him out.
Montreal faces the Houston Dynamo at Saputo Stadium on Wednesday and with two games left in the regular season, the race to playoffs is still on and very tight.