Alouettes ask permission to interview five for vacant GM job

The Montreal Alouettes are starting to compile a wish list to find their next general manager.

The club has asked the Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers for permission to interview Danny McManus and Ryan Rigmaiden.

McManus has served as an assistant general manager in Winnipeg for the past six years, also serving as the club’s director of U.S. scouting. He spent five seasons prior working for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a scout.

Rigmaiden joined the Blue Bombers in 2018 as the director of college scouting after a four-year stint filling a similar role in B.C. He has been essential in helping the Bombers recruit a number of former Lions to Winnipeg, including Craig Roh and Anthony Gaitor.

The club also has asked permission to interview long-time personnel man Neil McEvoy.

McEvoy has spent 24 years with the B.C. Lions, including the last five as the team’s director of football operations. He spent 16 seasons working closely with the legendary Wally Buono and has four Grey Cup rings.

Jean-Marc Edme is the fourth candidate the Alouettes have requested to interview. Edme has spent the past four seasons in Ottawa, primarily as the director of player personnel. He cut his teeth in the CFL working for the Alouettes during their dynasty.

Shawn Burke is the final candidate on the list so far. He was promoted by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to senior director of personnel and co-manager of football operations last January.

Prior to the move up, Burke spent three years as assistant general manager and director of football operations for the Tiger-Cats after five years solely as the team’s director of football operations. He negotiates player contracts, administers the salary management system and supervises the football operations support staff.

Buono is working for the Alouettes as a consultant to help the club find its next general manager. Montreal signed head coach Khari Jones to a three-year contract extension on Monday, so the club’s new GM will not be able to hire his own bench boss.