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Montreal Impact name ex-France international Garde to replace fired Biello

The Montreal Impact have named Rémi Garde to replace the fired Mauro Biello as head coach. Garde, then-manager of Aston Villa, gestures to players during English Premier League soccer action against Crystal Palace at Villa Park, Birmingham, England, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. AP Photo/Rui Vieira

The Montreal Impact have named Rémi Garde to replace the fired Mauro Biello as head coach.

The Impact made the announcement at a Wednesday news conference.

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Garde becomes the team’s fifth head coach since it joined MLS in 2012.

The Frenchman meets two criteria team president Joey Saputo laid out for his new manager – at least five seasons of experience with top-level clubs and having won major trophies.

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Garde, 51, earned plaudits as coach at this home club Olympique Lyonnais, winning the French Cup and Super Cup in 2012.

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He started as an assistant coach at Lyon before taking charge from 2011 to 2014.

It did not go as well in his next job with English Premier League club Aston Villa in 2015, where he lasted only five months and left with only two wins in 20 matches.

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