Bombers' hunt for head coach heats up

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

The hunt for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' new head coach/GM heated up yesterday in Montreal.

Winnipeg Football Club president and CEO Lyle Bauer interviewed both Mike Kelly and Greg Marshall in the Quebec city, bringing the official number of hopefuls to five.

Bauer said he spent most of the day discussing the job with Kelly and Marshall.

"Both guys I spoke to today are both very good," Bauer said last night from Montreal. "That's about all I'm going to give you right now."

The front-runner continues to be Kelly, the Edmonton Eskimos receivers coach who was reportedly wearing a Bomber golf shirt at the Touchdown Manitoba social yesterday in Montreal.

"I saw him there," Bauer said, "but I didn't see him (wearing a Bomber golf shirt)."

Kelly was Winnipeg's offensive co-ordinator between 1992 and 1996. Since then he has been the head coach at Valdosta State, a player personnel man in Edmonton, an offensive co-ordinator in the now-defunct XFL, a pro scout and personnel guy in the NFL, and a university professor.

Marshall spent the last three years as Winnipeg's defensive co-ordinator after finishing as the runner-up to Doug Berry in Winnipeg's coaching search following the 2005 season.

Berry was fired Nov. 12, with two years left on his contract.

Bauer said he is going to interview a sixth and final candidate, although he didn't indicate when that would happen. That hopeful might be Calgary Stampeders offensive co-ordinator George Cortez, a rumoured candidate who has been too busy preparing for tomorrow's Grey Cup against the Montreal Alouettes.

Bauer wouldn't pinpoint when an announcement on a new boss will be made, saying he hoped to do it between next week and the middle of December "if things fall into place."

Bauer plans to be in Montreal until Monday.


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