Chalmers in replacement hunt as Russell exits Clan
Glasgow Clan head coach Pete Russell has left the club to join the German club DEL2, EHC Freiburg – the clan is already approaching a possible replacement.
The 44-year-old is currently with the British team in Slovakia while he competes at the World Championships and leaves his native Scotland after only a year in his charge.
But Clan's chief of operations, Gareth Chalmers, revealed that the decision to replace a replacement began almost immediately after it became clear that Russell had decided to leave.
"It is always important to have a backup plan in case such a situation arises and as soon as the news has been announced that Pete decided to take the post of Friborg, I acted quickly to find a number of options. "Said Chalmers.
📰 DECLARATION: Head Coach Pete Russell informed the club that he would be leaving the clan one season after the start of his three seasons contract.
– Glasgow Clan @ (@ClanIHC) May 13, 2019
"The good thing is that we still have a head start and the discussions are a good point.
"We have been aware of the situation for a week or two now, but we could not make any public statements because we had to go through the negotiation process with Pete's new club.
"As for a new head coach, I can not set a deadline for an announcement because the discussions will continue to progress with our goals."
Russell leaves a year after succeeding John Tripp, Milton Keynes Lightning and led the clan to fourth place in his first season and a semi-final in the Challenge Cup.
His departure, since the announcement, has sparked mixed reactions among the league's fans as Clan now looks for a third coach in three seasons.
Chalmers insists that the release of Russell is not a setback and admits that the main goal is to quickly bring someone, but also to bring the good.
He added, "Although we are disappointed with what has happened, it is not a major setback. We just have to make sure that the right kind of teams will complement the players we recruit and the club and build on what we did last year.
"Not one person does the club, of course. The public and the fans do it and we eliminate the positive aspects of this situation. It's a big hole to fill, but we're moving forward and we'll find the right guy to run the club. "