Those old time ‘philosophical differences’ have cost another head coach his job.
Montreal Impact have parted ways with Jesse Marsch after just one season in Major League Soccer.
“I’m leaving the club by mutual agreement,” Marsch announced during a press conference as he sat alongside owner Joey Saputo and sporting director Nick de Santis. “It’s not easy with the relationships that we’ve built, but for me it’s the right decision. Although we have the same goals, we did not share the same philosophy.”
Although no-one would comment on what those differences were at the press conference, Italian defender Matteo Ferrari shed some light on the matter to reporters:
“The club was thinking about a different type of football than Jesse proposed this season, and they probably decided that it wasn’t enough. People say that we had a great season because it was our first, but, for me the truth is that with the team we had, we should have made the playoffs this season. We didn’t. So maybe the club was thinking [the same thing]. But that doesn’t mean the fault is Jesse’s.”
Montreal won 12 and lost 16 of their 34 games, finishing with 42 points and scoring 45 goals. They finished seventh in the Eastern Conference, eleven behind Houston Dynamo the last team to qualify for the post season.
Assistants Mike Sorber, Denis Hamlett, Mauro Biello and Philippe Eullaffroy will take over the reins of the club on an interim basis according to MLSSoccer.