BOLOGNA, Italy - Montreal Impact striker Marco Di Vaio denies friction between Italians on the team and Jesse Marsch was behind the head coach's sudden departure.
Marsch and the expansion Major League Soccer franchise announced on the weekend they were parting company.
The team is in Italy for a friendly with Serie A Bologna FC and Fiorentina, and Di Vaio and interim coach Mauro Biello spoke with reporters on a conference call.
Di Vaio, who came to Montreal from Bologna, says the relationship with Marsch was normal and they worked well together.
He says the issue was more of a philosophical difference between management and the coach.
Biello admitted this trip is a bit of an audition for the head coaching job with the year-old franchise.