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by Paul on 08/07/05 at 05:19 PM ET
After months of speculation, Wayne Gretzky has decided to coach the Phoenix Coyotes, multiple sources told The Arizona Republic on Sunday. Gretzky, the team's managing partner, is expected to be announced as coach Monday, the NHL sources told the paper. Former Detroit Red Wings associate coach Barry Smith will be named one of The Great One's two assistants, The Republic has learned. Former Coyotes player Rick Tocchet or interim head coach Rick Bowness will be Gretzky's other assistant, according to the report. The NHL's all-time leading scorer and nine-time MVP had tentatively agreed to the post, but opted to wait until a new collective bargaining agreement was in place before officially deciding whether to take on the coaching job.update 5:19pm, Now we have this via Sportsnet,
The Phoenix Coyotes won't confirm reports which suggest the team's managing partner, Wayne Gretzky, has officially decided to become the team's new head coach. A source with the team says no media conference has been scheduled for Monday, as has been suggested. The speculation around Gretzky's coaching debut has been widespread for months, and may get resolved this week. However, for the moment team sources say an announcement is not imminent.
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