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by Paul on 02/17/13 at 11:13 AM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
“I didn’t know it was coming, no,” Howson told The Dispatch Saturday in his first public comments since the firing. “But I wasn’t shocked by it, either, because you knew a new person (Davidson) was coming in and change was possible.
“Hey, I had 5 1/2 years here. I had a great opportunity. We didn’t win enough. And when you don’t have sustained success, you open yourself up to being replaced. It’s professional sports. We all know that going in.”
Howson said his conversation with Davidson on Tuesday was “professional and quick.”
“These things are never easy for anybody,” Howson said. “I’m disappointed, but I’m not mad. That’s not in me. John needed somebody in the GM’s chair that he’s completely comfortable with, and I respect and understand that.”
The Blue Jackets require most of their fired employees to sign agreements not to publicly disparage the club for at least a year after they are let go. In Howson’s case, it might not be an issue either way. Per his contract, he will be paid one year or more from the date of his firing, but he’s not bitter.
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