Esks GM looking for coach with strong staff

Ed Hervey says the search for a new Eskimos head coach won't be limited to people currently working...

Ed Hervey says the search for a new Eskimos head coach won't be limited to people currently working in the CFL. (Ian Kucerak/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:29 AM ET

EDMONTON - It was at 7:49 a.m. when the Edmonton Eskimos sent out an e-mail to announce that GM Ed Hervey had fired Kavis Reed as head coach.

That’s awfully early to have to get up to get fired.

Normally a person who prefers to get up at the crack of noon, it resulted in your correspondent being required to dispatch comment at that ungodly hour via Twitter:

“No. 1 qualification for new head coach: Be able to surround himself with a good staff like Hugh Campbell did way back when.”

That was the main one.

Not long after Hervey began his uncomfortable press conference to deal with the dismissal, he emphasized that more than anything else.

“I’m going to hire the coach with the best staff,” he said.

“That’s extremely important for the next hire. It’s extremely important that he has a staff that he’s unified with.”

One of the biggest reasons Kavis Reed didn’t succeed as a head coach in the CFL was that he couldn’t keep staff and/or couldn’t hire staff.


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