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Geoff Molson On The Montreal Coaching Change

MONTREAL – Team owner, President and CEO of the Montreal Canadiens, Geoff Molson, made the following comments Monday on the head coaching change over the weekend.

“On Saturday, our general manager Pierre Gauthier made a coaching change and named Randy Cunneyworth interim head coach of the Montreal Canadiens until the end of the 2011-12 season.

This important decision was made with the objective of giving the team a much-needed spark after disappointing results since the start of the 2011-12 season. We are responsible for providing our fans and partners with a winning team and believe that this move will contribute to improve the overall performance of our team and produce positive results this season. The action was taken to remedy the situation without further delay.

Randy Cunneyworth is a qualified and experienced coach who has earned the respect of the players and everyone within the organisation and he was ready to take over the responsibility of head coach. As Pierre Gauthier indicated, the head coaching position will be revaluated at the end of the season and, at that time the selection process will be carefully planned.

Although our main priority remains to win hockey games and to keep improving as a team, it is obvious that the ability for the head coach to express himself in both French and English will be a very important factor in the selection of the permanent head coach.

Like all our fans we hope for the Montreal Canadiens to be among the top teams in the NHL and we are doing everything we possibly can to win.

We would like to thank all our fans for their understanding.”

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Wings_in_NYC's avatar

As if I needed another reason to dislike the Habs. So their coach doesn’t speak French. If this guy is a good coach it shouldn’t matter. You translate his press conferences then. Quebec press is just being lazy.

Posted by Wings_in_NYC on 12/19/11 at 07:01 PM ET

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Would you feel the same way if your team’s coach only spoke French?  Wouldn’t you want him to communicate just a bit in English? Wouldn’t you say that speaking English is an important requirement?


We’re not being lazy. The context of our province is just plain and simple different…

Posted by Nordique_ on 12/19/11 at 07:19 PM ET

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Here is a good read:

http://www.yourcanadiens.info/2011/12/language-debate-should-habs-coach-speak.html

Posted by Nordique_ on 12/19/11 at 07:52 PM ET

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Do the players all speak French? I don’t think so.  You should be concerned with how your coach coaches the players, not if he can talk to a reporter.

Posted by HockeyFanOhio from Central Ohio on 12/19/11 at 08:14 PM ET

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We’re talking about the coach here, not the players…

And yes, I am concerned with how he coaches our team. But, like I said earlier, the context is different here. So are the requirements. It is just the way it is.

Personnally, I would choose the best coach available. But I can understant why the language factor is considered important. You want people to care about the team. People pay ridiculous amounts of money to go see a game, buy a beer and buy a shirt. And it happens that people in Quebec speak French. It may seem complicated, but every team is entitled to establish the requirements it wants for its employees….

Posted by Nordique_ on 12/19/11 at 08:22 PM ET

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If you are going to restrict your coaching candidates to those who speak French, you are going to miss out on a lot of good coaches. It doesn’t make sense.

Posted by Drillsetc.com on 12/19/11 at 08:36 PM ET

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You know, if Mike Babcock only spoke Mandarin I wouldn’t care. As long as he could communicate to his players and to people within the organization, what difference does it make? The goal should be to get the best possible coach and if that coach only speaks english or russian or whatever then have an interpreter along to speak to the press.

Posted by UMFan from Denver, Colorado on 12/20/11 at 12:39 AM ET

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