August 21, 2006

Roughriders, Shivers part ways

New general manager to be named later this week

( wire) — The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have released general manger/director of football operations Roy Shivers from his contract effective immediately.

“We would like to thank Roy for his contribution to this team over the last seven years,” stated Riders president/CEO Jim Hopson. “His contributions to the organization and to the Saskatchewan community can not be understated, but we were faced with the decision to start planning for the future.”

“At this point in the season our focus remains the same; hosting a home playoff game and competing for the Grey Cup. But, we also have to start making decisions in regards to next season such as re-signing players and working within the parameters of the new salary management system.”

“Moving forward we felt this was the best decision for this organization. We will be making an announcement later this week on a new general manager.”

Roy Shivers was hired as the 13th Roughrider general manager in modern history on December 24, 1999. His seven seasons trail only Ken Preston (21 years) and Al Ford (11 years) for the longest GM tenures with the team. Roy leaves with a record of 52-64-1.