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Montreal Impact names Olivier Renard as sporting director

The native of Belgium has previously served as sporting director for Standard Liege, KV Mechelen

Jun 1, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Stade Saputo is seen before a match between the Montreal Impact and Orlando City. (Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

The Montreal Impact announced on Saturday that Olivier Renard will be the team’s sporting director. 

Renard was sporting director of Standard Liege and KV Mechelen in his native Belgium. More recently, Renard was a sporting consultant at fellow Belgian club Royal Antwerp FC. The 40 year-old will be introduced during a press conference on Tuesday,  Oct. 1.

The Impact added that Renard will report to club president and CEO Kevin Gilmore. The Belgian will work alongside Walter Sabatini, who is the global sporting director of both the Impact and Bologna FC.

As part of his team, Renard will also count on head of analysis and assistant director of player personnel Vassili Cremanzidis, academy director Philippe Eullaffroy and administrative director of soccer operations Patrick Leduc.

“(Renard’s) profile fits the criteria we were looking for,” Gilmore said in a statement. “He will play a crucial role in implementing our identity and our sporting structure to establish ourselves as a leading club in MLS. He also proved during the last few years that he is able to find excellent players early in their career and oversee them in a structure that favours their development, all while building a successful squad.”

During his last stint as sporting director with Liege from 2016 to 2019, Renard helped Standard win the Belgian Cup and reach the Europa League in 2016. The club then finished second of Jupiler Pro League in 2018 and reached the UEFA Champions League qualifying stage. 

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