The Montreal Impact added Uruguayan Esteban Gesto to their coaching staff Monday morning.
Gesto will work on the physical quality of the team. Originally from Saint Lucia, he has a 40-year career in fitness and coaching throughout South America.
Wilmer Cabrera wanted to bring on an assistant of his own to his staff and did so during the international break. W. Cabrera knew Gesto from a while back as he used to play under the man who is now his latest assistant.
“Esteban Gesto is one of the most well known fitness coaches in all of Latin America,” Impact coach Wilmer Cabrera said in a statement. “Regardless of all the experience he has, he’s always been on top of the fitness aspect of the game, evolving with the tendencies. He coached top players in top clubs and selections at the highest level in the world.
“His knowledge and experience will be helpful for the last push of the season, mostly as an advisor to put the players in the best conditions possible.”
Gesto was also part of the Uruguay national team coaching staff at the 1990 and 2002 FIFA World Cups. The man nicknamed “El Profesor” also served as a fitness coach for two men’s U-20 World Cups and the Copa Libertadores.
Jules Gueguen, who was the interim fitness coach after former head coach Remi Garde’s firing, will remain with the staff until the end of the season. He previously was the fitness coach at the Impact academy.