Wilfried Nancy would be the new coach of the Crew

After months of speculation, the future of Wilfried Nancy is becoming clearer. He won’t be back with CF Montreal, instead leading the Columbus Crew in the upcoming Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

At least that’s what The Columbus Dispatch reported on Monday, citing a league source. Nancy’s contract expired at the end of the 2022 campaign, but the Impact had an option to extend it by one year.

Moreover, in a video posted by the Crew on Twitter titled “New Beginnings” (“New Beginnings”), one can easily recognize the silhouette of the French pilot, even if his face is not revealed.

The Crew and CF Montreal will also hold press conferences on Tuesday, no doubt to formalize the departure of the 45-year-old man to the capital of Ohio.

Nancy led the team through their best MLS campaign in 2022. The club went 20-9-5, good for second place in the Eastern Conference, before losing in the Eastern semi-final against New York City FC.

However, at the end of this historic season, the head coach has not confirmed his return to the Quebec metropolis. A conflict with owner Joey Saputo after a game against Kansas City Sporting would have soured Nancy’s relationship with the club.

In the post-season report, in October, the latter was not reassuring by refusing to discuss his contractual situation.

“Today is the balance sheet, so my personal situation, I’m not going to talk about it. We will have time to talk about it later, he had launched. I don’t need to reassure the fans, they know that I love them, that my wife is Montrealer, my children are Montrealer and I am Montrealer.

Nancy joined the Montreal Impact in 2011 when the Academy was set up. Climbing the ladder one by one, he became Mauro Biello’s deputy in 2016, and remained in post under the orders of Rémi Garde, Wilmer Cabrera and Thierry Henry. He was then named head coach on March 8, 2021.

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