January 19, 2014

Taking their time: Als give update on search for new coach


CFL.ca Staff

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.