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Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier issued an apology to the fans for hiring a coach who couldn't speak French.
"I'm sorry if we upset people. Because that certainly wasn't our intention," Gauthier said.
Randy Cunneyworth is two weeks into his reign at the helm of the Canadiens, but Gauthier assured fans that he was only hired on an interim basis and his status will be re-examined after the season.
"What will happen in the future, at the end of the season, is that we will re-evaluate the whole file," Gauthier said.
"As (owner Geoff) Molson said in his communique a week ago, it's very important to us that our head coach be bilingual. So that will be part of our decision at that point."
The hiring of a non-French speaking coach touched a nerve in the team's fanbase.
It probably doesn't help matters that the Canadiens (14-18-7) have just one win in nine games and sit in the bottom of the Northeast Division.
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The Montreal Canadiens have apologized to those fans upset with the team for not hiring a coach who speaks French. The apology by general manager Pierre Gauthier on Monday comes two weeks after the appointment of coach Randy Cunneyworth. Gauthier says he's "sorry if we upset people because that certainly wasn't our intention." The GM adds that Cunneyworth was hired...
BROSSARD, QUEBEC (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens have apologized to those fans upset with the team for not hiring a coach who speaks French.The apology by general manager Pierre Gauthier on Monday comes two weeks after the appointment of coach Randy Cunneyworth. Gauthier says he's "sorry if we upset people ...
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If you're sitting there saying, "That's silly, Bob Gainey doesn...
The Montreal Canadiens have apologized to those fans upset with the team for not hiring a coach who speaks French.