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Former Swiss international Schallibaum takes reins at Montreal Impact

Montreal Impact have announced the appointment of Marco Schallibaum as their new head coach.

The 50-year old Swiss coach steps into the role vacated by Jesse Marsch after a lengthy process taken out by the Canadian MLS club who were delighted to welcome him to the Saputo Stadium.

"We are very happy to announce the hiring of Marco as our new head coach for the club's second season in MLS," Impact president Joey Saputo said in a statement.

"It's the culmination of a long and exhaustive process. From the very first meeting, both parties felt comfortable with one another."

Former Switzerland international Schallibaum, who has managerial experience with FC Basel, Young Boys, FC Sion and FC Lugano, added: "I am very pleased and proud to be the head coach of the Montreal Impact. From our very first discussion, I felt confidence with the management.

"The club is passionate about the game, like me, and is made up of people who are passionate as well and who want to go in the same direction. I watched a few of the team's games from last season on video. We have a good roster with quality players and I saw a lot of character on the field. I will do all I can to help this team win."

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