MLS needs more managerial personalities

Montreal Impact manager Marco Schallibaum and TFC honcho Ryan Nelsen have had their fair share of...

Montreal Impact manager Marco Schallibaum and TFC honcho Ryan Nelsen have had their fair share of run-ins with MLS officials this season. (QMI AGENCY file)

KURTIS LARSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 PM ET

Tight-lipped, loose-lipped and loose cannon are the three managerial types most prevalent in Major League Soccer at the moment.

The latter goes without saying. The Montreal Impact’s Marco Schallibaum is the very definition of someone who’s always on the verge of losing it.

The “Swiss Volcano,” as Schallibaum’s called, is the closest thing to Colorado Avalanche bench boss Patrick Roy — something MLS has been missing since its inception, a villainous manager the league’s front office can endlessly discipline to no avail.

From his post-game tirades to (allegedly) throwing a water bottle at a referee, Schallibaum’s tumultuous first season has seen him suspended countless times and fined for “repeated misbehaviour.”

Ask him the wrong question and he’ll undress you in front of cameras and recorders, no matter how well thought out and reasonable the question might be.

It’s something MLS needs as it continues to mature, something to talk about in between matche


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