Jim Bottomley is meeting with Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers president Jim Henwood in a last ditch effort to reach a new contract.
AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are going to take one more attempt to resign their coach to a contract.
Club president Jim Henwood is scheduled to meet with Jim Bottomley later today at the Amherst Stadium in a last ditch attempt to come to a contract agreement.
“One way or another this will be resolved today, Henwood told the Amherst Daily News Thursday morning. “This was never a question about whether we want Jim Bottomley back because we do want him back. It’s a question of what we can afford.”
Henwood announced Wednesday that Bottomley would not be returning for the 2013-14 season saying the two sides were far apart on money.
While he said Wednesday that the club is moving on, Henwood said Thursday that he would like nothing more than to walk into this afternoon’s meeting and hammer out an agreement that works for both.
“There’s still a light at the end of the tunnel,” Henwood said. “We’d like to save this relationship, but at the end of the day when we started this marriage we knew it wasn’t going to be a long-term marriage.”
Henwood said the team cannot afford to spend an additional $16,000 bill to cover the cost of bringing Bottomley back and forth to Amherst to coach the hockey team. It’s a price the club wouldn’t have the pay if the coach was from the area or lived in the area.
The Ramblers organization has been taking a hammering on both the Amherst Daily News’ website (cumberlandnewsnow.com) and on the MJAHL Network chat site with numerous posters showing their support for Bottomley and questioning the team’s decision not to bring him back.
“This is outrageous!!!,” a reader identified as Hockeymom posted on cumberlandnewsnow.com. “Something needs to be done, and fast before some other team scoops him up.”
A poster identifying himself as a former player called the decision a mistake.
“Jim was a great coach and an even better GM, made tons of great moves and I’m glad he brought me in to finish my career as a Ram.”
Another an questioned whether letting Bottomley go was a sound business decision.