Wilfried Nancy was announced Thursday as one of three finalists for MLS Coach of the Year and, according to his players, he is the clear winner.
“For me, he's the one who has to win and it's not because we didn't make the playoffs last year and we're doing them so successfully this year.” , insisted Samuel Piette, Friday.
“It's quite simply for the work he has done, but also for the person he is. Everyone appreciates him as a person even before as a coach, which is super important,” continued the CF Montreal midfielder.
Nancy, a calm and humble man , had a reaction well in his image.
“I am a human being above all else, so it is pride, of course. But I'm not alone, there is a staffbehind and there are above all the players, because no matter how much I put ideas in place, if the players do not adhere, I am in deep shit.
We insist, Nancy has anything but the big head and yet he could, after leading his team to third place in MLS this season, a club who were given a playoff spot on the edge before the season started.
“I know where I'm from,” Nancy said. Whether I win or not, the most important thing is that we recognize the work. There is also sacrifice, but above all there is fun.
The second year coach, who is in contention with Steve Cherundolo of Los the Philadelphia Union, is also capable of self-mockery.
” We mustn't get carried away because maybe in three years I'll coach Chicoutimi “, joked the 45-year-old man.
Rigorous – he actually raised his voice during training in the morning – Nancy knows how to listen to his men above all and that is what they appreciate the most about him.
“He is very good at dealing with human first. He tried to keep everyone mentally ready and that's why we've been successful this year,” said Piette, who added.
“He's the best coach [I've had] for the way he manages his group, and when you talk to him you can see that he listens and looks for ways to help you improve . ”
“ Anyone who knows Wil respects the human being before even starting to talk about his qualities as a coach, added Kamal Miller. He's very honest and that's what the players want, a coach who's going to be upfront with them.”
< p>Nancy candidly admits that he too has improved over the past season.
“This year I learned to be comfortable in an uncomfortable situation. Sometimes you have to be sharp and cold with the players on decisions and it's not easy.
“I assume that 99% of the time the players mean well, but sometimes I have to be tough or demanding with them and sometimes I have to make decisions and it's not easy because I'm a human being,” he said.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for him, as his contract expires at the end of the campaign. The club holds an option for 2023. Nancy was evasive, but Piette was more vocal.
“We players are not concerned, but we all want Wilfried back with the two years we have. known. Stability is important and he's someone we like to work with and he likes working with us too. »
CF Montreal will host Orlando City in the first round of playoffs on Sunday night.
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