Blue Bombers fire assistant general manager Ross Hodgkinson
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The optics are inescapable: coming off a 6-12 season, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers found a scapegoat.
The Bombers fired assistant general manager Ross Hodgkinson, Tuesday — technically, his contract wasn’t renewed — GM Joe Mack saying in a statement the team is going in “a different direction.”
However, in an interview with the Winnipeg Sun, Mack says the won-loss record had nothing to do with the move.
“You can’t lay that at Ross at all,” Mack said. “The person that has to take responsibility for this season... is me.”
A longtime Bombers employee who began his career as the team’s trainer in the 1980s, Hodgkinson handled many of the behind-the-scenes duties in the front office, including contract negotiations and the organization of training camp.
Mack says the new assistant GM will have to be more adept at finding homegrown players.
“A background in Canadian scouting is important for that position,” Mack said.
Mack says the decision to cut ties with Hodgkinson was his decision, in consultation with president/CEO Garth Buchko.
The Bombers board has also told Mack he needs to hire an assistant who could be his replacement, down the road.
Mack says his own responsibilities won’t change in the new structure.