Alouettes suspend search for general manager

At the CFL’s request, the Montreal Alouettes have suspended the process to hire a new general manager as of December 12, due to limitations that stem from the sale of the team.

The organization will make it public when the search for the franchise’s next GM resumes.

As was the case for the vast majority of the 2019 season, the day-to-day management of the team will continue to have a committee approach lead by president Patrick Boivin, head coach and offensive coordinator Khari Jones, special advisor Wally Buono as well as new director of football operations Eric Deslauriers.

“It is clear to me that, if it had not been for the fact that new owners are still not in place, we would’ve already hired our new GM,” Boivin said.

“We are on the verge of finalizing deals with our coaching staff and members of football operations.”

Montreal has been without a full-time general manager since Kavis Reed was fired in July — the league wanted Reed dispatched for months. Joe Mack finished the season on an interim basis while Jones led the club to a 10-8 record and its first post-season berth since 2014.

Candidates including Hamilton’s Sean Burke, Winnipeg’s Danny McManus and Ryan Rigmaiden were interviewed, but each man turned down the job. Buono is working for the Alouettes as a consultant to help the club find its next GM. Montreal signed Jones to a three-year contract extension in November, which means the Als’ new GM will not be able to hire his own head coach.