The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have fired head coach Paul LaPolice, putting defensive coordinator Tim Burke to take over coaching duties effectively immediately.
The Bombers announced the not-so-surprising move Saturday, less than 24 hours after the team suffered another loss, moving their season record to 2-6.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make especially when dealing with the kind of quality individual as Paul is,” said Blue Bombers vice president and general manager of football operations Joe Mack.
LaPolice was named the 28th head coach in franchise history on February 5, 2010.
“As the season has progressed, and looking back on how we struggled throughout the second half of the year in 2011, we have become increasingly concerned with the direction of our club and felt this was in the best interest of our entire organization. Our commitment to winning hasn’t changed and this decision was made in order to get our team back on track.”