Don't tell me this s--t is starting up again!
And this is in no way to be construed as a racist or xenophobic comment. Pendant 40 ans de ma vie, j'ai enseigné les deux langues officielles aux étudiants adultes; je suis présentement à la retraite.
If the Als are serious about putting a winning team on the field, they need to hire the best candidate - no language test required! If it is determined that, all things considered, someone like Maccioca, Chapdelaine, or some other coach who is either fluent in French or can speak it a litte, fine! The main criterion, however, must be a proven track record. And by "proven" you can insert the term "winning seasons". With the increased interest in football in Quebec, especially at Laval and U de M, it is likely only a matter of time before there are a considerable number of French-speaking players and coaches who reach the elite level.
While I love the Als, I love football more and also root for other teams such as the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. I sincerely hope the search for a HC doesn't degenerate into a needless and unwanted debate over a "linguistically correct" candidate. We have seen this picture before and it has nothing to do with sport! Now, Mr. Popp, go out and hire the best coach you can find!