The Montreal Impact announced on Tuesday that Patrick Leduc was appointed director of the Academy of the club, so it will take the place of Philippe Eullaffroy, thanked a few days ago.
Leduc, who will report to the sports director Olivier Fox, left his position of executive director of soccer operations in order to focus entirely on the Academy and on the Center of identification and development (CIP). It is a program of high-level development launched in 2019, which is involved in the amateur participants, while channeling the relations with the different clubs of the province, and its federation Soccer Quebec.
Given the philosophy and priorities of the club, focused on the identification and training of young players, Leduc will report to the sports director Olivier Renard, who is already a close link between the first team and the Academy at the level of the identification and the training of young talents of the club.
Also, one of the new objectives of the Academy, in Leduc, will be to deepen the network of talent identification beyond the metropolitan area, and even outside of Quebec.
“The Academy is here to stay and the aim of this restructuring is to continue to improve,” said Fox in a statement, while thanking Eullaffroy for his work. Patrick enters the role with a wealth of experience and, after you have done a good job with the club. It certainly does not reduce the urge to develop our young talent.”
Former player of the club from 2000 to 2011, Leduc made his return with the Impact the 6 December 2018 as the administrative director of soccer operations of the club. In the framework of these duties, he supervised already the programs and budgets of the Academy.
“I am excited to meet this new challenge, he said. We are fortunate to count on a solid footing in the Academy, by virtue of all the work done by those who have passed since its establishment. I trust that together, we will hold the Academy and all the club to new successes.”
Last Friday, the Impact has done layoffs in some departments of the organization, including the departure of Eullaffroy and Owen Braun, who was the coach of the keepers of the Academy.