Blue Bombers fire head coach Mike Kelly same day of his assault charge

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have fired head coach Mike Kelly after one turbulent season.
Bombers board chairman Ken Hildahl made the announcement at a news conference Thursday night.
Earlier in the day Kelly was arrested in Pennsylvania in an alleged domestic dispute, but Hildahl said the coach's dismissal was solely related to the team's on field performance.
"We have to recognise that an incident did take place today (Thursday) but in the eyes of the of the law these are allegations and allegations only," said Hildahl.
"Our review, as I mentioned earlier today, was based strictly on (the) past year's performance."
Police in Bridgeport, Pa., said they arrested Kelly after responding to what they called a domestic disturbance at his home Thursday morning.
Hildahl hinted to reporters that Kelly was offered a chance to resign.
"It would have been our preference that the head coach resign but that didn't materialize so we're here tonight, the board dealt with it, we think it's in the best interest of the Winnipeg football club moving forward."
Kelly handled the offence most of the season and it was one of the team's most inconsistent areas.
The Bombers post was Kelly's first job as a CFL head coach. The team finished 7-11 in 2009 and missed the playoffs.
In an email to The Canadian Press Thursday night, Kelly declined comment and said that his agent and attorney would be making a statement.
Just hours before news of Kelly's arrest emerged, Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer announced his resignation from the CFL club for personal and family reasons.
Bauer hired Kelly last December after firing Doug Berry following an 8-10 season in 2008. Kelly and Bauer have been friends since the mid-1990s, when Kelly was the Bombers' offensive co-ordinator and Bauer its assistant general manager.

Organizations: Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Canadian Press

Geographic location: WINNIPEG, Pennsylvania, Bridgeport, Pa.

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