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06-12-2009, 01:42 PM
Join Date: Sep 2008
I've followed the Impact for a while and I can't say I'm totally pleased with the way Saputo handled the Limniatis vs DeSantis issue.
DeSantis had really poor seasons as coach and a very bad start in 2008. He gets removed (and becomes Direttore technico which gives him even more power over the team). Limniatis is brought to conclude a catastrophic 2008 season - however it somehow turned into the best Impact season ever.
Meanwhile DeSantis was constantly trying to meddle in coaching (Liminiatis let this slip during the press conference). Mauro Biello who was practically one of the most damaging players for his team (slow, old and individualistic) was being pushed in front till he got injured.
Then few months after the BigO moment of glory, after only 5 regular season games into 2009, Limniatis gets fired by De Santis for "poor performance" while Mauro Biello gets promoted assistant coach, probably preeparing for the main job somewhere in the future.
Point being - Saputo seems to favor Italians. Expect Pacioretty and D'Agostini to benefit
He also seems to get involved directly in the soccer side of the business. Dunno if it will happen in hockey but I bet it will.
On the other hand, we do have Lou Lamoriello in Jersey, doing pretty well... Maybe this could work after all.
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