Montreal are currently having a truly unbelievable season. They currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference, having won the same number of games as Philadelphia who currently sit at the top of the table.
With games to go, they are already guaranteed a place in the playoffs, and this is more than impressive for Montreal.
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Anyway, in case you didn’t know, Montreal fans are not used to this type of success. In fact, this will be the first time since 2016 that Montreal finishes in the top 5 in the Eastern Conference. 9th and 10th are positions Montreal fans are more familiar with.
But this season, the story has been totally different. They really invested in their squad and you have to say that they are seeing dividends. Their philosophy of going for only young players was evident in their summer and winter signings and you have to say it has been really helpful.
They got 20-year-old left winger Matko Miljevic and 19-year-old central midfielder Ismael Kone for free in the summer. And then in the winter, they went on to further strengthen the squad by buying Alistair Johnson for the right back position, Ahmed Hamdi in midfield, and Joaquin Torres for the right wing forward position. None of these purchases cost up to a million dollars, by the way, and they are all under 25.
They also got 21-year-old central defender Gabriele Corbo and 23-year-old right back Lassi Lappalainen from Bologna in Italy.
But perhaps, more importantly, in March 2021, they got a new manager, French former professional footballer, Wilfried Nancy.
Wilfried is a man who knows the club so well, having worked with the Montreal Impact Academy since it was founded in 2011. There, he worked with the under-16s, under-18s, and under-21s.
Then, between 2016 and 2021, he worked as the assistant coach of the senior team, working closely with French football legend, Thierry Henry, during that period.
So, following Henry’s exit, he was made first team coach, and by that time, he had full knowledge of the philosophy of the club and also had a really good relationship with the players.
In just a little over a year since taking over the club, he has greatly improved the club’s winning rate. From a 33% winning percentage under Wilmer Cabrera and 31% under Henry, Montreal now boasts a 43% winning percentage and positive goal difference under Nancy.
The club now also averages 1.43 points per game which is a better return than any other Montreal coach has managed in the last decade.
Wilfried Nancy seems to be the reason behind Montreal’s recent success and surely the owner, the president, and the fans are very happy to have him in charge.