The rumor had been running for a good week, and CF Montreal formalized it on Monday by announcing that goalkeeper coach Rémy Vercoutre was leaving his post.
The French sports newspaper L’Équipe had let it be known last week that Vercoutre would be back with Olympique Lyonnais to become the new goalkeeper coach.
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The 40-year-old Frenchman, who took office in December 2018 under the era of former head coach Rémi Garde, played most of his career in Lyon, where he wore the colors from 2002 to 2014.
Vercoutre was not available for an interview, but reacted by way of a press release.
« Quebec, Montreal and CF Montreal will forever remain in my heart and that of my family, » he said.
It was at Vercoutre’s request that CF Montreal’s sports director, Olivier Renard, agreed to give him back his freedom so that he could return home.
« After a good discussion with Rémy, I accepted his request to release him from his commitments with our Club. »
The decision comes as the team enter an international non-match break for just over three weeks. It will give Renard some time to find a successor to Vercoutre.
“We are currently in discussion with various candidates to replace him. I hope to be able to announce our choice quickly, ”said the sporting director in the press release.
A jovial and easy-going man, Rémy Vercoutre was appreciated by his goalkeepers, but also by other players.
« Rémy was a very appreciated person in the group, » confirmed midfielder Samuel Piette on Monday during a videoconference organized by Soccer Canada.
« I’m happy for him because I know his children are in France, but we’re very sad to lose him because he was doing a good job with the goalkeepers. »
As he has been through the same kind of situation before, Piette understands the manager’s decision very well.
“He has the chance to come home and to his real home because he played Lyon. I’ve said it before, when the house calls, it’s hard to say no as it was for me in Montreal. ”