Oh, I'm ready to make an exception of assistant coaches. But the fact remains: look at every single head coach we had in recent years. Vigneault, Therrien, Julien, Carbonneau were all heavily criticized prior to their departure (I'm not counting Gainey, although his situation isn't especially different). Interestingly enough, three of these fours ended up coaching great teams (Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Boston). Carbonneau is the only exception (he never got another gig) but I'm not sure if would fall last in a poll to bring any of these four back.
My underlying point is: how fans evaluate the work of management, and how good these peoples are actually are, has little to do with one another. There are clear exception - Milbury sucked universally - but they are far from the norm.
People piling up on JM doesn't mean anything. And when he'll get fired, it won't be a vindication of the haters, but just because coaches are hired to get fired latter, almost everywhere.
Not disagreeing with you. But you said that people would hate Ladouceur who is an assistant coach. Not a lot of people had something against Laperrière at the time. Maybe towards the end when they thought he was too conservative.
I think the firing was unnecessary. The habs were playing well, but the results weren't yet there. It was only a matter of time if they continued to dominate teams that they would win.
I honestly don't think getting rid of Pearn had anything to do with our recent success. It was a knee jerk reaction imho.
I don't care about Pearn personally, but I expect better from our management than to give in to angry fans and media using a guy with little to no fault the hook a few hrs before the game, when they had a couple of days to do it. PG threw him under the bus. Even JM had the sense to want to keep him around. If the head coach believes in his Ass coach, than that is all I need.
What if management is losing belief in the coach? They didn't get rid of Pearn as a knee jerk reaction. They fired him to give Martin a kick in the ass. This whole buddy-buddy system is a safety net for these guys. Gauthier, Martin, Pearn, Cunneyworth and Timmins are all from the Ottawa system. I bet Gainey or Molson decided to make an executive decision to break some of this up. Firing Pearn remove Martin's safety net behind the bench. It makes him more accountable, which is only a good thing in my opinion.