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Cunneyworth named interim Head Coach/Carrière Assistant Coach

View Poll Results: What traits do you want for next coach?
Hire from within the organization 1 2.00%
Play offense and don't sit 20 40.00%
Must be bilingual 3 6.00%
Keep the defensive system 1 2.00%
Hire the best coach available 42 84.00%
Play in your face hockey w / forechecking 22 44.00%
Keep a fighter in the lineup and play him 5 10.00%
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12-17-2011, 02:12 PM
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Any head coaching hire in Montreal who doesn't learn to speak-in due course-passable French is ridiculous. If he isn't bright enough or motivated enough to learn to speak another language, then he's probably not the man for the job.

The lack of respect for the heritage of this franchise on this board is appalling.
Winning is more important, ask any of the hab greats and do you think they would rather win or their coach to talk to them in french? This franchise has been in the toilet for years thanks to being forced to pick a bilingual coach, NO MORE.

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Because it's that easy to become proficient enough in French to conduct press conferences in it when you are a middle age coach working in a team whose common language is English.
Yes. Middle-aged horse trainers in the US have all had to learn passable Spanish to communicate with their stable staffs.


With a $100 million budget, the organization can probably afford Berlitz and a tutor

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Cunneyworth was the ONLY solution for the time being.

This team is gonna play with more grit (I hope).


Being a unilingual coach in Montreal is no big deal anymore.... the Alouettes and the new Impact coaches are even Americans.

Winning is the key.


I see Groulx from Gatineau or Patrick Roy (if there is no NHL team in Quebec City) as the next Habs coach next September.

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Winning is more important, ask any of the hab greats and do you think they would rather win or their coach to talk to them in french? This franchise has been in the toilet for years thanks to being forced to pick a bilingual coach, NO MORE.
WTF? more like terrible players since last cup

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WTF? more like terrible players since last cup
I didn't say it was the only problem but having crap coach after crap coach was one of them.

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Indeed.
But the best coach is Franco anyways.
So why didn't Washington and Carolina or the Habs hire him ?

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So why didn't Washington and Carolina or the Habs hire him ?
Find your answers on your own.

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So why didn't Washington and Carolina or the Habs hire him ?
who is he?

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I didn't say it was the only problem but having crap coach after crap coach was one of them.
...Are you really saying that Vigneault and Julien were crap coaches?

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...Are you really saying that Vigneault and Julien were crap coaches?
They were good, but kind of "green"...

Now they have the experience, and above all, the horses to win !

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Any head coaching hire in Montreal who doesn't learn to speak-in due course-passable French is ridiculous. If he isn't bright enough or motivated enough to learn to speak another language, then he's probably not the man for the job.

The lack of respect for the heritage of this franchise on this board is appalling.
Awful post. Who gives a **** what language he speaks? The majority of fans want to see the team succeed and nothing else. You're saying that you wouldn't hire a coach who will without a doubt make this team successful if he doesn't speak a lick of french (or doesn't learn to speak it)? I can't even believe what I'm reading.

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It is so sad that people are so insecure about their nationality and culture.

All I want is entertaining hockey.

If cunneyworth delivers it, good. If not....next.

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Awful post. Who gives a **** what language he speaks? The majority of fans want to see the team succeed and nothing else. You're saying that you wouldn't hire a coach who will without a doubt make this team successful if he doesn't speak a lick of french (or doesn't learn to speak it)? I can't even believe what I'm reading.
Yep, just like the Western Roman Empire. Still thinking it was Augustus running the show even though they were slowly becoming more and more irrelevant to the point the Empire had no reason to exist.

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who is he?
Don't know yet !

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Any head coaching hire in Montreal who doesn't learn to speak-in due course-passable French is ridiculous. If he isn't bright enough or motivated enough to learn to speak another language, then he's probably not the man for the job.

The lack of respect for the heritage of this franchise on this board is appalling.
I really don't think it's a lack of respect for Quebec heritage. Granted, some people express themselves in a very crude fashion, but I think, as a majority, hockey fans in this city just want the best chance at winning.
The broader the prospect pool, the better chance you have at finding that one coach that will take you to the promised land. Anyone that lives and works in the province of Quebec who makes no effort to learn the language is doing himself, his employers and his clients a disservice. Which is not to imply that french should be his mother tongue. Hockey coaching acumen should be, by far, the number one priority.
If it's determined that Randy Carlyle or Marc Crawford or Benoit Groulx is the best man for the job, then he's the best man for the job. Period. If he doesn't speak La Langue De Moliere, the team should provide a crash course in french and encourage him to slowly incorporate more and more into his pressers.
In my opinion, that's what you call respect. For hockey and the customers.

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Don't know yet !
Once again : Do your homework.

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First I would like to say I think Conneyworth is a pretty competent hockey mind and that fully deserves his chance to redress the situation..

While it has been said that both him and Martin believe in the same system, the phylosophy isnt quite the same.. He is more proactive behind the bench and wont hesitate to take drasstic decisions that wont please everyone in the locker room.. While Martin was relying mostly on his vets, this is where the approach will be different IMO, Conneyworth wont tolerate a lack of effort from anyone, the cheaters will get their ice time cut or will get even benched.. I would be surprised to see Gill last very long as a regular, will be used as a spare IMO.. The guys will have to push in the same direction cause the cheaters will be unmasked quick enough..

The country club era is officially over!!

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Once again : Do your homework.
Haha ! Well, you have a good one son.

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The problem is :

The Anglo faction -- along with their objective allies, the fanbase of the 29 other teams (because the best candidate cannot really be French, right?) -- will necessarily come up and whine if a Franco (...read, bilingual) coach is chosen.

The Franco faction -- along with their objetive allies, the fanbase of the 29 other teams (because the best candidate can only be French, right?) -- will necessarily come up and whine if a non-bilingual Anglo coach is chosen.

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Next coach...Arno del Curto
Nuff said!

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I think it's a win win for Gauthier.

He gives Cunneyworth a 4 month trial much like Blysma in Pittsburgh, if the team played very well he can keep him, if not he can chose somebody from a much bigger pool in the summer. "interim" gives the GM options. Firing the coach puts the players on notice also, so guys like Gomez and Cammy are under the gun.

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The problem is :

The Anglo faction -- along with their objective allies, the fanbase of the 29 other teams (because the best candidate cannot really be French, right?) -- will necessarily come up and whine if a Franco (...read, bilingual) coach is chosen.
I am Anglo. I won't whine if a Francophone coach is chosen. For the most part, what you call the Anglo faction is arguing that anglo/franco should not be a factor.

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I am Anglo. I won't whine if a Francophone coach is chosen. For the most part, what you call the Anglo faction is arguing that anglo/franco should not be a factor.
Humm....

Actually, there's a 3rd way.

Not being part of a "faction".

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Haha ! Well, you have a good one son.
He's probably talking about M. Therrien.

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The real 2 factions are
1.The fans
2.The journalists

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