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CF Montreal name Wilfried Nancy new head coach

Jan 10, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; From left to right Maxence Flachez and Wilfried Nancy and head coach Remi Garde and Joel Bats and Robert Duverne. The Montreal Impact introduces the coaching staff at Centre Nutrilait. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2018; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; From left to right Maxence Flachez and Wilfried Nancy and head coach Remi Garde and Joel Bats and Robert Duverne. The Montreal Impact introduces the coaching staff at Centre Nutrilait. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

CF Montreal promoted Wilfried Nancy to head coach on Monday, replacing Thierry Henry.

Nancy has been with the organization since 2011, working as an assistant coach with the first team since 2016.

Henry announced his departure on Feb. 25, citing family reasons.

“We are very happy to announce Wilfried as our head coach today,” Montreal sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “After Thierry left, we decided to trust him and give him the opportunity to continue the work we started last season, with the same vision. It is also part of the club’s philosophy to consider and promote our own.”

Nancy, 43, started out as a coach with Montreal’s academy, leading the U18 (2011-13), U21 (2014) and U16 teams (2014-15) before elevating to the MLS club.

“I am very happy and proud to take on this new challenge,” Nancy said in a team release. “It’s even more special, since it’s with the club I’ve known since I came to Montreal. … I’m really excited for this challenge and hope to make the team progress as much as possible.”

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Before coaching, Nancy played professionally in his native France from 1995-2005.

His 2021 coaching staff includes assistants Kwame Ampadu and Laurent Ciman, goalkeeper coach Remy Vercoutre and fitness coach Jules Gueguen.

Henry, who took over in November 2019, guided the club to an 8-13-2 record in 2020 and a berth in the playoffs before losing to the New England Revolution in the play-in round.

The MLS is set to kick off the 2021 season on April 17.

–Field Level Media