A Frenchman at the helm of CF Montreal

CF Montreal: The new coach will be appointed shortly

The appointment of Frenchman Laurent Courtois as CF Montreal's new head coach is reportedly close to being announced by the team.

Negotiations are going well and only the contract remains to be finalized, The Athletic reported on Thursday.

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The 45-year-old is a driver for Columbus Crew 2, the MLS Next Pro subsidiary of the team of the same name. Courtois won the championship in the league's inaugural season in 2022 and led the group to the final last year. He particularly included the Quebecer Mohamed Farsi in his ranks.

The Lyon native came to Columbus in 2019, first as coach of the U17 team, then the U19 team. He also held similar positions at Olympique Lyonnais and Los Angeles Galaxy II.

As a player, Courtois played in the most important championships in France, England and Spain. In 2011 he made the leap to North America and played for Chivas USA and the Galaxy until 2014.

CF Montreal has been looking for a coach since breaking off its relationship with Hernan Losada in November. The Argentine only stayed in office for one season after Wilfried Nancy left for Columbus.

Still, according to The Athletic, Charlotte FC assistant coach Pa Modou Kah would have been a finalist for the position.