Gauthier apologizes for upsetting fans over hiring Cunneyworth

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As if things couldn’t get any weirder in Montreal, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier goes and takes things a step further.

Gauthier issued an apology for upsetting fans in Montreal and Quebec for appointing Randy Cunneyworth as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

“I’m sorry if we upset people. Because that certainly wasn’t our intention,” Pierre Gauthier told reporters Monday.

Gauthier followed saying they would re-evaluate the position at the end of the year, something they would’ve done anyway considering Cunneyworth is just the interim head coach.

Many fans in Quebec were outraged that a French-Canadian coach, or at least one who could also speak French, wasn’t hired for the job following Jacques Martin’s firing. Gauthier was initially indignant about the move. His apology, however, shows that public pressure in Montreal is a very powerful thing.