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CF Montreal: finally continuity

A few days ago, CF Montreal announced that it had retained the services of Olivier Renard as head of the team’s sports department. This is for me the right decision, which ensures a little continuity in the club, which does not happen often enough in Montreal.

Thus, Renard will be able to continue trying to materialize the vision he has for this training. And like anything in life, it can take time to get there.

For Renard, this goal probably looks like creating a team capable of achieving success, producing young players in the Academy and allowing players who have good skills to hope to evolve in higher level leagues in the future.

Renard plays a key role in keeping CF Montreal on the field. So far, we’ve seen a few players from the Academy join the first team.

And he was part of the decision to bring in guys like Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller, Djordje Mihailovic and others. These are players who can grow with the team, but also athletes the fans can relate to.

Relationship with the coach

The relationships he has with the technical staff and the coach are very important when the time comes to make a choice. In the end, it is the coach who will use the players as he sees fit.

Renard provides the tools to the coach and it’s up to him to put the right people in the right places. So the collaboration between the two, on a philosophical side, is extremely important.

Another chapter in the great adventure of the Canadian men’s team, which will participate in the next Soccer World Cup in Qatar, is being written. And unfortunately, all is not well in the salary negotiations between the players and Soccer Canada.

I was part of these negotiations for the remuneration of Canadian athletes in the 1990s. We asked ourselves the question: how to divide the money given to us by FIFA? In my time, it was $10 million. Today was probably more.

We agreed that the players would get 33%. Obviously, they have the greatest merit because they are the ones on the ground and they are entitled to this money. But you always have to think — and I hope both clans are aware of this — that this money is given for several reasons and should be used in an intelligent way for the benefit of Canadian soccer.

think about development

I hope that the development of this sport in the country will be at the center of the decision. You don’t have to be stingy. You have to be reasonable in all of this.

I heard that the players asked for 40% of the loot. These are rumors, however. Is it a reasonable amount or not? Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I sincerely believe that everyone is entitled to their fair share and that we must act intelligently.

Players may have inquired about how much their counterparts in other countries were paid. But the situation is different from one nation to another. It is important to come to a conclusion quickly so that the emphasis is placed exclusively on the preparation for the World Cup.

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