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Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has maintained a lasting friendship with St. Louis Blues boss Ken Hitchcock. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)
Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has maintained a lasting friendship with St. Louis Blues boss Ken Hitchcock. FILE PHOTO: REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (Fred Greenslade/Reuters)

Jets coach Noel sympathizes with Wilson Add to ...

Winnipeg Jets coach Claude Noel has some sympathy for Leaf's coach Ron Wilson, who had fans chanting for his firing Tuesday night.

Noel said he watched highlights of the Leafs game against Florida on television and he heard the crowd chant “Fire Wilson”.

“I don’t wish that on anybody,” Noel said Wednesday after the Jets practised at the MTS Centre in preparation to meet the Panthers on Thursday. “When you get into this profession we know what’s happening. And it's not something that you wish on anybody really. It's a tough task. That’s the way it goes. What can you say?”

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Noel said he had never faced anything like that, “touch wood”, but added that it comes with the job and heightened media attention, particularly in Canada, when it comes to hockey.

“When we take on this job, we know what’s at stake,” he said. “We know it’s a short shelf life. We know if you have longevity you are probably fortunate. And you walk around with a target [on your back]and you better take criticism and you've got to be thick-skinned. And if you are not, you are probably in the wrong job.”

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