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CF Montreal president Kevin Gilmore resigns effective immediately

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 CF Montreal president and CEO Kevin Gilmore to resign effective immediately
CF Montreal president and CEO Kevin Gilmore to resign effective immediately / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages

CF Montreal president and CEO Kevin Gilmore has resigned from his role at the club, effective immediately. 

The team announced Gilmore had stepped down from the role after just over three seasons with the Canadian Major League Soccer side. 

He first joined in 2019, overseeing the hiring of sporting director Olivier Renard and former head coach Thierry Henry, who left the club before the 2021 season to be closer to his family. 

Gilmore also supervised the club's controversial rebrand from Montreal Impact to Club de Foot Montreal. 

His 2020 and 2021 seasons with the club was not an easy one after the Covid-19 pandemic forced Montreal to play the majority of their “home” games in the United States. 

Last year, Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey hosted the Canadian side, while the beginning of 2021 saw them share the stage with Inter Miami at the DRV PNK Stadium, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Montreal has since been able to return to their home stadium after Canada eased international border restrictions. 

“The last 18 months have been very challenging on both the pandemic front and the club front, and very difficult on a personal level for me and my family," Gilmore said in a club statement. 

"Ultimately, these cumulative factors led to my decision to leave the organization. I’m grateful for my time with CF Montréal and thank the owners, the board and the team for the opportunity to work with them.”

The team currently sits in 10th place on the Eastern Conference table, and is set conclude the 2021 Major League Soccer season on November 7 against Orlando City after failing to qualify for the playoffs.