The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced on Monday that the team has fired head coach Greg Marshall.
Director of Football Operations and former Ticats coach Ron Lancaster will to take his place on an interim basis until a replacement is found.
"This was a very, very tough decision," said owner Bob Young.
"His contributions to the organization, the Hamilton community and to our fans can not be understated. I have great admiration and respect for Greg but after careful consideration it was in the best interest of the organization to make a change. Ron and assistant head coach Joe Paopao will have a full-set of resources to improve our success on the field."
Alouettes keep Tiger-Cats winless
This will be Lancaster's second stint as head coach for the Ticats. The two-time Coach of the Year is the fourth winningest CFL coach in history with 138 wins including two Grey Cup victories. In his first stint with the Tiger-Cats, Hamilton finished five of the six seasons .500 or better including a 1999 Grey Cup victory.
"I hope my years of experience can help deliver the leadership necessary to help benefit the club in its current situation," said Lancaster.
"I will assume the position of head coach for the remainder of the season or step down as soon as the right person is found."
In their third season with Marshall, the Ticats have struggled out of the gate with an 0-4 record. Marshall, who made his mark as an offensive co-ordinator with the University of Western Ontario Mustangs and head coach with McMaster, was named Lancaster's replacement for the 2004 season.
Under Marshall, the Ticats finished at 9-8-1 and made the playoffs, earning him Coach of the Year honours.
Lancaster coached the Tiger-Cats from 1998 to 2003 and took the team to the Grey Cup Final twice, winning it in 1999.
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