CF Montreal have promoted Olivier Renard to vice president and chief sporting officer in a new agreement for an ‘indefinite period’.

He previously served the Canadian club as sporting director, but will now lead the technical team and report directly to club president Gabriel Gervais. Renard also remains responsible for recruiting, signing and supervising players, as well as managing the first team’s salary budget.

“The agreement with Olivier reflects a common desire to perpetuate the collaboration initiated in 2019 and puts him at the heart of the corporate structure that we are putting in place,” CF Montréal owner Joey Saputo said in a release.

“I have always been convinced that he should stay with us and, more specifically, as an employee and an executive of the organization. Since joining us, Olivier has largely contributed to the development of the team. His vision, his leadership, his philosophy, his intelligence, and his flair for targeting new talent and developing players will take our club even further.”

Renard first joined CF Montreal in September 2019, after standing as sporting director of Belgian clubs KV Mechelen and Standard de Liège. He also served on the executive board of Royal Antwerp FC as a sporting consultant.

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