MLS side Montreal Impact, home to Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama, has appointed Wilfried Nancy as their new head coach.

 

Nancy arrives to replace former Arsenal FC striker Thierry Henry who left his role due to family reasons; the tactician having worked with the Frenchman as his assistant.

 

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In a statement, the club noted: “We are very happy to announce Wilfried as our head coach today. 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. It is also part of the Club’s philosophy to consider and promote our own, as we did in the past for Jules Gueguen (fitness coach) and Maxime Chalier (video analyst).

 

On his part, Nancy said: “I am very happy and proud to take on this new challenge. It’s even more special, since it’s with the Club I’ve known since I came to Montreal. I would like to thank Joey Saputo, Kevin Gilmore and Olivier Renard. I’m really excited for this challenge and hope to make the team progress as much as possible.”

 

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The 43 year old has been an assistant coach with the first team since January 7, 2016 and was part of the coaching staff that won the Canadian Championship in 2019 and led the team to the MLS Cup playoffs in 2016 and 2020.

 

Born in Toulon, France, he was a professional footballer from 1995 to 2005, with Sporting Toulon Var, in Ligue 2, with Raon-L’Étape and Noisy-Le-Sec in National, as well as Beaucaire, Châtellerault and Orléans, in CFA.

 

Assistant coaches Kwame Ampadu and Laurent Ciman, as well as goalkeeper coach Rémy Vercoutre and fitness coach Jules Gueguen, will complete Nancy’s coaching staff.

 

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