Argos give extension to coach Scott Milanovich

Argos head coach Scott Milanovich has been given an extension to his existing deal. The club also...

Argos head coach Scott Milanovich has been given an extension to his existing deal. The club also said that Jim Barker would remain the GM for the "foreseeable future." (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

TORONTO - Head coach Scott Milanovich signed a contract extension with the Argonauts.

At this point, general manager Jim Barker does not, but it appears he is not going anywhere either.

During a news conference on Thursday afternoon to announce Milanovich’s extension, Argos executive chairman and CEO Chris Rudge shot down rumours of Eric Tillman becoming the Argos’ new GM, saying that Barker will be the man for the “foreseeable future.”

Tillman was fired last week by the Edmonton Eskimos, and there have been rumours that he will be the next GM of the Argos. Barker is under contract for another year and given what Rudge said, it would not be surprising if he gets an extension at some point.

Milanovich, in his first season as the Argos’ head coach, led the club to a 9-9 record. The Argos will play host to the Eskimos in the East semifinal on Sunday at the Rogers Centre.

“I’m glad to extend my time in Toronto and I want to thank Jim Barker and the club for committing to what we’ve started here,” Milanovich said. “Having this kind of endorsement from the organization allows me to continue to work closely with Jim to extend our plans for this football team further into the future. I believe the pieces are in place here to help my staff and me ensure this organization will compete for the Grey Cup year in and year out.”

Said Barker: “We are very excited to get this extension finalized to ensure that Scott Milanovich will be our head coach for the long-term. He is one of the brightest young coaches I’ve ever been around and he commands respect from the players in the locker room. I know he will prepare this team to be a Grey Cup contender every year. I’m confident he will continue to grow from the experience he’s gained this season to become one of the great coaches in the Canadian Football League.”


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