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MONTREAL -- It appears as though the Montreal Alouettes are going to take their time before making a decision on their next head coach.

Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall issued the following statement on Sunday, in reference to the Club's decision process in selecting its Head Coach:

"I am currently taking the time necessary to review all the options and opportunities with respect to both the position of Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator of our team for the coming year. We always want these decisions to be informed and well thought out, as they have far reaching affects on our organization, how we run our franchise and our ability to sustain our on-field success over the long-term."

"My family and I will make this decision, in consultation with our Chairman, and CEO, once we are satisfied that we have identified the best solution for the success of our franchise."

"As always, we are dedicated to doing whatever is necessary to give our team the best possible chance of winning a championship every year. We are doing these evaluations with the many available qualified candidates within a thoughtful and measured timeframe, anticipating an announcement for both positions in the coming weeks. Our fans have been very supportive of our Club and deserve a winning product. We are committed to providing them with nothing less."

Prior to the 2013 season, the Alouettes and Marc Trestman parted ways, and opted to hire Dan Hawkins as his replacement. Hawkins' stay in Montreal was a short one, however, as the team dismissed the first-year coach after just five games.

Jim Popp assumed Hawkins' position on the sidelines, and guided the Alouettes to third place in the East Division. Their season would come to an end following a 19-16 overtime loss to Hamilton in the Eastern Semi-Final.

Fan Comments
My concern is whether Jim Popp will continue to be with the club as GM, let alone coach.
January 21, 2014 - 9:09pm
He will continue (hopefully not as coach though), but when he does leave they will be in trouble
January 22, 2014 - 2:06am
What is unusual is that it is the owner saying that he and the CEO will be making the decision about the coach and not the GM.
January 22, 2014 - 6:43am
OK, Boys, come on enough is enough. With the new TV contract being almost triple the old one, will that triple the minimum salary?
January 20, 2014 - 7:56pm
I doubt it will triple it, but I sure hope they get a big raise!
January 21, 2014 - 8:43am
Hawkins as a disaster is the first in a long line of disasters to come in their future, personally I hope Popp keeps coaching it will solidify Ottawa's playoff hopes
January 20, 2014 - 5:25pm
als rule
@T: being an ottawa supporter I can believe you know what a disaster is when you see one BUT only when it is in ottawa!! as for montreal whether popp is the HC or someone else it matters not as the birds of prey will rule the eastern conference as the BEASTS OF THE EAST!!
January 20, 2014 - 9:52pm
It sounds like the Als management is doing what they neglected to do last year. Hawkins was a disaster as a HC!
January 20, 2014 - 12:43pm
als rule
@TFmcb: little do you know as usual!! last season the als management didn't neglect the process in searching for a HC!! how many more times will you in the 2014 season keep mentioning in your opinion hawkins was a disaster which everyone knows already?!!
January 20, 2014 - 1:38pm
als rule
interesting? is jim popp the HC? or is the next als H/coach still involved in the NFL playoffs?!! will AC have a role in the montreal coaching staff this year if he retires tomorrow and does ben cahoon have a role in montreal?!! tomorrow if AC does in fact retire montreal gains $400,000 plus in their salary cap pre free agency!!
January 20, 2014 - 12:21pm
If Dan Hawkins and Bart Andrus have taught us anything, they should hire someone with CFL experience!
January 20, 2014 - 10:12am
als rule
@LB: then how do you explain the green and their hire of greg marshall as there HC with his vast CFL experience that resulted in the green firing him half way thru the season?
January 20, 2014 - 6:38pm
CFL experience doesn't guarantee success, but I think history shows it's close to a prerequisite!
January 21, 2014 - 8:01am
Trestman, period.
January 22, 2014 - 2:07am