September 13, 2017 11:15 am
Updated: September 13, 2017 11:22 am

Montreal Alouettes fire head coach Chapdelaine, defence co-ordinator Thorpe

The Ottawa RedBlacks defeated the Montreal Alouettes Thursday Night for their third straight win to take over first place in the CFL East Division.

The Canadian Press

The Montreal Alouettes have fired head coach Jacques Chapdelaine and defensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach Noel Thorpe.

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The team says general manager Kavis Reed will serve as head coach until the end of the season.

Quarterbacks coach Anthony Calvillo will take over offensive co-ordinator duties while defensive line coach Greg Quick will handle the defence.

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The Alouettes are 3-8, have lost four games in a row and sit third in the weak CFL East Division.

The moves come a day after team co-owner Andrew Wetenhall warned there may be changes if the club does not start winning games and make the playoffs for the first time in three years.

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Chapdelaine was promoted to interim head coach when Jim Popp was removed last September with the team mired in last place at 3-9.

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He took them to a 4-2 record over the final six games, but it was not enough to secure a playoff spot.

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The interim tag on is job title was removed after the season, and Reed was handed the general manager’s job when Popp was fired.

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