Montreal Hires Swiss Manager Marco Schallibaum

Montreal Hires Swiss Manager Marco Schallibaum

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 7, 2013
  • Coaching Hires, Marco Schallibaum

This one is a real head scratcher to me. The Montreal Impact have finally named a head coach today in the form of Marco Schallibaum.

Here is where it gets interesting from the press release.

The 50-year-old is a veteran of the Swiss Super League, where he played from 1980 to 1995, and where he managed for nearly a decade with several clubs, including FC Basel, BSC Young Boys and FC Sion, among others. He recently served as a FIFA coaching instructor in Qatar, Mongolia and South Korea, and speaks four languages, including French, English and Italian.

Notice that last line…coaching instructor. While that is all good the guy hasn’t been on a sideline in a couple of years. Let’s also not forget to mention his lack of MLS experience too.

I’m all for teams taking a gamble but this one just continues to baffle me a bit. I know the Impact are always willing to do things a different way and it nearly paid off in year one under Jesse Marsch but this move just screams disaster waiting to happen. But then again, I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again. I just don’t have a ton of faith in clubs that bring in foreign coaches with little-to-no MLS experience under their belt.

At least the Impact can say they got this done before the MLS Combine, which kicks off this weekend. The New York Red Bulls are still working on finding a coach and are running out of time.