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Vercoutre Steps Down as Montreal Goal-keeping Coach

Expected to re-join Olympique Lyonnais in a similar capacity.

Remy Vercoutre (left) pictured with Joel Bats has stepped down as CF Montreal’s goal-keeping coach. He is is expected to re-join Olympique Lyonnais in a similar capacity.

CF Montréal announced on Monday that goalkeeper coach Rémy Vercoutre (40) is stepping down from his duties with the Club.

The former Montpellier, Lyonnais and Caen net-minder was the first-team goalkeeping coach since December 2018, and was part of the coaching staff as the Canadian Championship was won in 2019.

“After a good discussion with Rémy, I accepted his request to step down from his duties with the Club. Rémy will be able to explain later why he decided to leave,” said CF Montréal sporting director Olivier Renard.

“The entire Club thanks Rémy for his professionalism during his time with us and we wish him good success in the future. We are currently in discussions with different candidates to replace him. I hope to be able to announce our choice soon.”

Vercoutre had this to say of his time in Montreal...

“Today, I leave a city and a Club that helped my family and I grow. I want to thank the entire CF Montréal organization, especially Mr. Joey Saputo and his family for their kindness, and Mr. Kevin Gilmore for his professionalism.

“I have a special thought for the coaching staff and the technical, medical and administrative staff for welcoming me, and for our perfect agreement that led us to the Canadian Championship and to the playoffs.

“Thank you to sporting director Olivier Renard for his receptiveness and his advice.

“Thank you to all my goalkeepers for their hard work, which made them progress every day and with whom I loved working. I wish for all the supporters to enjoy as much as I have the new project initiated by Thierry Henry and reinforced perfectly by Wilfried Nancy.

“Quebec, Montreal and CF Montréal will always be in me and my family’s heart.”

According to sports news outlet RMC, Vercoutre will return to Lyon this summer to coach the club’s goalkeepers. It represents a return to the club where he spent 12 years of his playing career, making 70 league appearances.

After succeeding Hugo Lloris as first-choice when Lloris made the move to England’s Tottenham Hotspur in August 2012, Vercoutre lost his spot at the end of that season to Portuguese international Anthony Lopes.

It seems Vercoutre also had an offer to join Gérard Baticle as the latter moved to take charge of Angers, but he has chosen to return to OL instead.

Olympique Lyonnais v Montreal Impact
Remy Vercoutre pictured playing for Olympique Lyonnais against Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo, July 2012. He was in goal for the second-half as the teams played out a 1-1 draw, going on to help his French team win 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out.
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