Glasgow Clan head coach Pete Russell has left the club to move to German DEL2 side EHC Freiburg – with Clan already closing in on a possible replacement.
The 44-year-old is currently with the Great Britain team in Slovakia as they participate in the World Championships and leaves his native Scotland after only a year in charge.
But Clan’s Chief Operating Officer Gareth Chalmers revealed moves to bring in a replacement began almost immediately once it became clear Russell had decided to move on.
“It’s always important to have a back-up plan in case a situation like this arises and as soon as the news came through that Pete was deciding to take the Freiburg job, I moved quickly and reached out to a number of options,” Chalmers said.
📰 STATEMENT 📰: Head Coach Pete Russell has informed the club that he is leaving the Clan one season into his three season contract.
— Glasgow Clan 🏒 (@ClanIHC) May 13, 2019
“The good thing is we’re further ahead of the game and the discussions are a good point.
“We’ve been aware of the situation for a week or two now, but couldn’t make any statements publicly as we’ve had to go through the negotiation process with Pete’s new club.
“Regarding a new head coach, I can’t put a timeline on any announcement as discussions will continue to progress with our targets.”
Russell leaves a year after taking over from John Tripp, joining from Milton Keynes Lightning and led the Clan to fourth place in his first season and a Challenge Cup Semi Final.
His departure, since the announcement, has brought mixed reaction from fans across the league as Clan now look for a third coach in three seasons.
Chalmers insists Russell’s exit is not a setback and admits the focus is all about bring someone in quickly, but also bringing in the right someone.
He added: “While we’re disappointed at what’s happened, it’s not a major setback. We just need to make sure we get the right guy to come in that will complement the players we’re bringing in and the club and build on what we achieved last year.
“Not one person makes the club of course. It’s the people and the fans that do and we’re taking the positives out of this situation. It’s a big hole to fill, but we move on and we’ll find the right guy to lead the club forward.”