Hall interested in Esks job

Richie Hall interviewed for the coaching job in Edmonton in 2004 but lost to Danny Maciocia. (Sun...

Richie Hall interviewed for the coaching job in Edmonton in 2004 but lost to Danny Maciocia. (Sun file)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:45 PM ET

Richie Hall is interested in becoming the Edmonton Eskimos next head coach.

"Very much so," Hall told Sun Media this morning.

"I think they're a very respected, very classy organization and good football team."

Hall is the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive co-ordinator and is highly respected within the Eskimos' compound.

First reported by Sun Media in Friday's edition, Hall is one of six names on the Eskimos list of candidates to replace Danny Maciocia, who stepped down as head coach on Thursday to be the general manager and director of football operations.

Hall hasn't spoken with Maciocia -- yet.

But after eight years of being the Riders defensive co-ordinator/mastermind -- playing a key role in Saskatchewan's 2007 Grey Cup win -- Hall believes he has the skills to be an effective bench boss.

"I think the things we have done (in Saskatchewan) over the number of years, we have done a good job. The players have played hard for me," remarked Hall, who lives year-round in Regina.

"I think I have something to offer. Regarding the intangibles, I think there is something unique about myself. I am a team-oriented person."

Hall interviewed for the head-coach job in Edmonton in the fall of 2004 but lost to Maciocia.

"The initial interview with Edmonton, I wasn't ready, but I learned a lot from the process," he said on that search four years ago.

"Over the years, I interviewed in Toronto a couple of days ago, Montreal last year, Winnipeg a few years ago. Each time I have always tried to take something positive that can help me from a professional and personal aspect.Ē

Hall believes he has had six interviews in the CFL to be a head coach. It could be seven in the very near future.


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