Tillman to be named GM next week**

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Renegades owners continue to huddle with Eric Tillman in an attempt to bring back the team's former general manager.

Discussions between Tillman and majority owner Bernie Glieberman have been ongoing in recent days. And if the details are completed soon, the club will make an announcement perhaps as early as next week.

Tillman emerged as the consensus candidate among Glieberman and minority shareholder Bill Smith during a meeting with CFL commissioner Tom Wright at league headquarters in Toronto on Monday.

The owners -- Glieberman has a 51% stake in the club while Smith owns 49% -- agree Tillman's return would give the franchise an instant shot of credibility, both among the club's beleaguered fans and throughout the CFL.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

The move would also give Tillman a chance to complete unfinished business after he was unceremoniously dumped by former CEO John Lisowski at the start of the 2004 season.

One key issue involves Forrest Gregg and a new role for the Pro Football Hall of Fame member within the organization.

A likely scenario would involve Gregg keeping his current title as vice-president of football operations and GM, and serving as an advisor to the owners. In essence, a big title with little real power.

A source told the Sun that Glieberman wants to handle this issue carefully and wants to ensure Gregg is treated with due respect during the transition.

In recent interviews, Gregg has repeatedly mentioned he would serve any role at Glieberman's request. A source said the owner has already made such a suggestion, and that Gregg has agreed to fulfill Glieberman's wishes.

Meanwhile, the owners are continuing an attempt to land Washington Nationals executive Bob Nicholson as the CEO.

The former president of the Toronto Argos and a long-time employee of the Toronto Blue Jays is viewed as a star candidate.

But two years ago, Nicholson turned down an offer to lead the Renegades' business operations and remains hesitant to move to Ottawa.

Glieberman and Smith met two candidates -- neither of them Nicholson -- during this week's meeting in Toronto after Lonie Glieberman, the owner's son, relinquished control of the team's business operations on March 2.

Most importantly, the owners understand the new administrator must allow the football side to operate without unwarranted interference. Until the new structure is in place, team consultant Phil Kershaw will run the club's daily operations.

Meanwhile, the football side is working on a site for training camp, which begins May 21, and preparing for the Canadian college draft combine in Toronto in two weeks.

I'm really pleased that Lonie has stepped aside and Bernie has given the fanchise some attention. Tillman will be good for the Gades. I hope they can land Bob Nicholson as well. We deserve to have a class act football team here in Ottawa! Go Gades!!!

I'm glad there are finally some "positives" comming out of Ottawa. Hopefully it's not to late and they can improve their on-field product.

This is a positive for sure. It brings some stability, but make no mistake, there is a lot of work to do here before we can become a good playoff contender.

I don't think anyone here made such a mistake... but thanks for the precision.

looks like Ottawa is finally moving in the right direction at last.

if Bob Nicholoson goes to Ottawa, the former Exops will still survire cuz after such great attendence numbers last season, they will be in Was D.C. for years to come.

Ottawa needs help, and it's finally getting it, IMO.

This is good news ... with Ottawa's situation, any change is positive, and it appears to be coming about. Here's hoping they get back on track and the fans start coming back to the park ... I'm optimistic again!

The combination of both, Eric and Bob, will give the team instant credibility and will hopefully erase the memory of the three ring circus like atmosphere.