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.