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Goal has learned that the Swiss coach will not be returning to Stade Saputo next year. Schällibaum's contract was set to automatically renew due to Montreal's playoff qualification

It appears that the Marco Schällibaum era at the Montreal Impact is over.

Sources told Goal this week that the Montreal Impact and the Swiss native have parted ways.

A late season collapse, one that saw the Impact fall to fifth place in the Eastern Conference and then emphatically eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, put Schällibaum’s tenure as head coach in jeopardy. In a press conference last month, club president Joey Saputo and sporting director Nick De Santis said that they were no longer sure if the 51-year-old would return in 2014, and that they would take the time to decide his future.

Despite the fact that Schällibaum’s contract with the Impact was automatically renewed for a second season after the team qualified for the MLS postseason for the first time, it now seems like the search for a new coach is on.

When asked about the coaching situation earlier this week, De Santis told RDS that everything would be sorted out before the team’s training camp opens on Jan. 27.

Assistant coach Mauro Biello, who was one of the candidates to replace Jesse Marsch last season, is a strong favourite to lead the team next year.

Saputo and De Santis were not available for comment on Friday.

The Vancouver Whitecaps, Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas and Chivas USA are also looking for a new head coach.