by Benjamin Fournier
If asked to describe this past Montreal Impact season, one word that certainly comes to mind would be “eventful”. Following the shocking announcement of the signing of former Chelsea superstar Didier Drogba, which made a huge splash this past July, people had hope of turning around the Impact’s lackluster performance as of late. However, following two weak performances, a scapegoat was needed, and in the usual fashion, the coach was first on the list of candidates.
Frank Klopas, who had been with the team since December 2013 and had led them to an Amway Canadian Championship and a second place finish in that same tournament earlier this year, was let go in a surprise announcement following a 2-1 loss to the Toronto FC on August 29th (CBC). Former assistant-coach Mauro Biello will be taking over in interim.
Impact players are already showing support for their new coach, whom they believe had very little ability to influence the team’s direction. This is concordant with the observations of many in regards to Klopas’ lack of ability to adapt and make necessary changes, which he has arguably displayed during this past season (RDS).
Biello joined the Impact as assistant head-coach in 2009 following 16 years of playing for the team (CBC). It is still to be seen if he will be given the position as permanent coach or if the Impact will bring in someone else, but for now, soccer fans can only hope that this change is a step in the right direction.