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Coach Khari Jones fired by the Alouettes

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It ended up for Khari Jones as the head coach of the Alouettes. He was fired on Wednesday. General manager Danny Maciocia will replace him on the sidelines until the end of the season.

Updated July 6

Jean-Francois Teotonio

Jean-Francois Teotonio
The print

The difficult start to the season got the better of the American manager, who has been in charge since 2019. The Alouettes have only one victory in four games.


PHOTO MARCO CAMPANOZZI, PRESS ARCHIVE

Danny Maciocia

The searing 41-20 defeat suffered by the Saskatchewan Roughriders last Saturday was therefore his last game at the helm of the Montreal team. And this, even if the Alouettes are only in second place in the Eastern rankings, with the same number of points as the Toronto Argonauts in first place.

“This type of decision is always difficult to make, but in our eyes it was necessary,” Maciocia said in a statement. It was better to take it at the beginning of the season, while there is still time. ”

After the thaw against the Riders, team owner Gary Stern tweeted that the Alouettes had been “killed” and it was time to “regroup”. To a fan who asked for a change of coach, he simply replied a mysterious “Patience”.

Spring break was obviously a good time for a big cleanup. Especially since Montreal will host the worst team on the circuit, the Edmonton Elks, when they return to play.

Defensive coordinator Barron Miles was also sacked. Noel Thorpe will return to the Alouettes taking over the duties of Miles. Thorpe also held this position from 2013 to 2017 with the Sparrows.

For Maciocia it is a return to the leadership of a CFL team, he who was the coach of Edmonton from 2005 to 2008. He won the Gray Cup in his first season in Alberta.

sense of urgency

Last week was pivotal to Jones’s fate. The Alouettes started the season with two defeats. Questions about the future of the head coach were already beginning to arise.

The team eventually won their first home game of a home series against the Roughriders. The previous week against Toronto, Jones had replaced quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. mid-game with veteran Trevor Harris. A sign of a certain sense of urgency.

“I don’t read articles and I don’t watch TV, so I don’t think about it too much,” he told our colleague from The print Miguel Bujold. I can’t worry about things I have no control over. If I leave, I leave. What worries me is finding a way to win the next match, not so much for me as for the team. ”

The organization’s need for victory goes beyond good performance. The years of the pandemic were financially disastrous. Previous seasons, before 2019, have been so sporty. The club wants to regain some relevance in the Quebec market.

Ultimately, Khari Jones will not have been able to tap into the momentum of 2019, as he and quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. contributed to the surprise revival of the franchise.

Furthermore, the two men fired on Wednesday weren’t hired by general manager Maciocia. It will likely be an opportunity to start over on new foundations next season, with candidates chosen from a slightly more congruent vision.

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