The hiring of the Montreal Impact’s new head coach was done with little fanfare. No splashy press conference. Just a press release that Marco Schallibaum — who has nearly a decade of experiencing coaching in the Swiss league — has got the job.
“I am very pleased and proud to be the head coach of the Montreal Impact,” said Schallibaum in that release. “From our very first discussion, I felt confidence with the management. The club is passionate about the game, like me, and is made up of people who are passionate as well and who want to go in the same direction. I watched a few of the team’s games from last season on video. We have a good roster with quality players and I saw a lot on character on the field. I will do all I can to help this team win.”
Schallibaum has spent the last two years working as a FIFA coaching instructor, traveling the world and spreading the soccer gospel. Before that, he coached FC Basel, BSC Young Boys, Servette FC, FC Sion, FC Schaffhausen and AC Bellinzona.
But Schallibaum comes into a league that has traditionally eaten European managers and coaches alive.
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