Posted November 05, 2013

Nesta confirms Saputo’s denial of Impact coaching move

MLS, Montreal Impact
Alessandro Nesta

Italian defender Alessandro Nesta retired from an iconic playing career following this season with the Montreal Impact. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

I got it wrong.

Late on Friday I published a report on SI.com citing a Montreal source telling me that Alessandro Nesta would be the next coach of the Montreal Impact. That is not the case. Owner Joey Saputo said as much in a Tuesday press conference while adding that the club would analyze current coach Marco Schallibaum’s role over the “next few weeks,” and Nesta himself said via message to me Tuesday that he has not spoken to Saputo about the position. It leaves me needing to explain how I came to publish that error.

My source is very well-connected with Montreal and has been reliable on many occasions in the past. He told me on Friday night the Nesta signing was a “done deal” and reiterated that when I followed up with him on Monday and on Tuesday morning.

Clearly it wasn’t. It takes a very good source for me to publish a report of this nature citing only one unnamed tip-off. But the fact is that my name is the only one authoring that report, and it’s my responsibility to get it right. That didn’t happen here.

I’m sick about it, and I apologize. As readers, you and the people I cover deserve better.

7 comments
Anthony Roque
Anthony Roque

Even my favorite writer in any sport, and soccer is my absolute favorite, has fallen into the 'me-first-to-report' trap. Ugh. Now pick Spain to win it all next year and all will be forgiven. 

gbean76
gbean76

It was interesting to say the least. It happens, and your full page apology says a lot about you. Thanks.

Shinehart
Shinehart

Appreciate the apology-- you're still a great journalist in my eyes. I've noticed that this happens to a lot of very reputable journalists all around the world of soccer-- why is it that there seems to be so much more misinformation in this sport, compared to others? What is it about the way that leagues and clubs are structured that leads to so much secrecy, rumor mills and general lack of transparency?

dwyercd
dwyercd

Respect. Also: following the Montreal coaching situation will be one of the more interesting things about this off-season. God bless Joey Saputo.

GOREVS
GOREVS

All journalists make mistakes like this at some point. Not all of them will accept public responsibility. Well done.

MorganAllen
MorganAllen

You are the best in the business and even more so because you owned this.  Keep up the good work for all of us that read you.