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Canadiens sorry about French coaching flap

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BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) - The Montreal Canadiens have apologized to those fans upset with the team for not hiring a coach who speaks French.

The apology by general manager Pierre Gauthier on Monday comes two weeks after the appointment of coach Randy Cunneyworth. Gauthier says he's "sorry if we upset people because that certainly wasn't our intention." The GM adds that Cunneyworth was hired on an interim basis and his status will be reviewed after the season.

The Canadiens market themselves as French Canada's team, and it's been decades since the team last hired a coach who couldn't speak French.

The controversy has been fueled by the team's poor play. Under Cunneyworth, the last-place Canadiens have won only one of seven games.

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