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Marcel Desjardins out as GM of Redblacks after eight years

After eight years as general manager of the Ottawa Redblacks, Marcel Desjardins is no longer with the team. The 55-year-old said it was “a collective choice” to let him go Monday morning on TSN Radio 1200 Ottawa.

After eight years as general manager of the Ottawa Redblacks, Marcel Desjardins is no longer with the team.
The 55-year-old said it was “a collective choice” to let him go Monday morning on TSN Radio 1200 Ottawa.

“I responded, ‘Well, I think you people are making a mistake, but that’s up to you guys, and thanks very much,’ and I packed my stuff and returned home,” Desjardins explained.

Desjardins is the franchise’s only general manager, having been recruited in 2013 by the expansion team.

“The REDBLACKS are no longer with us!” Desjardins took to Twitter to express his thoughts. “I’m overjoyed to be able to spend quality time with my wife… There is nothing better in life than this!”

With a 32-3 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday, the Redblacks were eliminated from postseason contention and have the worst record in the CFL this season.

The Redblacks finished the season with a 3-15 record, missing the playoffs for only the second time in franchise history.

Desjardins, who won three Grey Cups as the assistant general manager of the Montreal Alouettes over two seasons, was instrumental in the Redblacks’ first-ever championship in 2016.

The Ottawa Senators have three games left in the season, beginning on Friday against the Calgary Stampeders.

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