NEWS
08/21/2011 08:35 EDT | Updated 10/21/2011 05:12 EDT

Ex-Riders head coach Greg Marshall disappointed he didn't get to finish the job

REGINA - Eight games wasn't enough for Greg Marshall.

One day after being fired as the Saskatchewan Roughriders' head coach, Marshall said Saturday he was disappointed he wasn't given the chance to turn around a dismal start to the season.

"I thought that if there were some bumps along the way that time would be given to fix what needed to be fixed," he said.

Marshall's first head-coaching job ended on the heels of Thursday's 24-18 loss to the Toronto Argonauts, dropping Saskatchewan to a league-worst 1-7 record.

He was replaced by Ken Miller, who previously led the team to two straight Grey Cup appearances before becoming vice-president of football operations in the off-season.

Marshall thanked the team's personnel and fans but made it clear he disagreed with his dismissal.

"I understand that in this business the powers that be have the right to make any of the decisions they choose, even if it means taking the easy way out and not the right way," he said.

Marshall's season started off with three straight losses before the team managed a 27-24 victory over Montreal in July.

That big win was the Riders' last, and Marshall said the decision to fire him and offensive co-ordinator Doug Berry wasn't a surprise.

"There were some things going on, a little bit of red flags. It wasn't a total shock."

He declined to say what the red flags were.

Marshall came to the Riders highly regarded as an assistant coach with 17 years of experience after spending nine seasons as a defensive lineman with the Ottawa Rough Riders.

He was signed by Miller to a three-year deal with Saskatchewan even though he was reportedly not the first choice of general manager Brendan Taman.

But, under Marshall's watch, the Riders were plagued by turnovers, bad penalties and missed opportunities.

Marshall spent years applying for head coaching positions and said he hopes to lead a team again.