"I don't think it would be fair to put anyone else in this position right now," Anaheim Ducks executive vice president and general manager, and now newly-appointed interim head coach, Bob Murray said Sunday on a conference call with reporters.
Murray assumed the role after the team announced it fired the winningest coach in Ducks history, Randy Carlyle, earlier in the day.
"I felt I needed to be in the trenches," Murray said. "I talked to enough people where I know this is the right move for our organization right now. This is the only way for me to determine what the problems are."
Carlyle leaves Murray with a team that has lost seven consecutive games and sits at the bottom of the Pacific division with a 21–26–9 record.
"What bothered me the most was the lack of emotion, the lack of pushback," he noted. "This has always been a pride team and it's gone away, it's not there."
The 2014 NHL General Manager of the Year, Murray has worked in NHL front offices since 1991 but has never taken on the position of head coach before. In fact, he has never coached at any pro level.