I'm on hold for the post-Morrow FC Dallas conference call. I've already put the poll up about new coaching possibilities, but there's probably a bunch the team will consider who I didn't include. Actually, the speed of the firing makes me think they might have someone in mind.
Oh, it's starting! General Manager Michael Hitchcock has an opening statement, then the call is open for questions from the media.
Hitch thanks us for covering the sport, repeats the firing decision. "We have great fans that deserve more. . . ton of respect for Steve personally. . . Not going in the direction we wanted to go. . . In the best interest of the club. "
Tobias Lopez is up first - asks about the short tenure of Morrow, and was it fair?
Hitch says the decision wasn't made lightly. He also admits the LA smackdown was a factor.
"Team not heading in direction we had planned." That seems to be Hitch's theme.
The coaching search is apparently just beginning.
Diego is up, makes a comment about finally getting a hold of Hitch.
Hitch says he doesn't think Morrow lost control of the team, but he accepts accountability for the direction of the team and is willing to turn it around.
Diego mentions the fans response on the FC Dallas blog - Hitch says that didn't factor into the decision, but that the fans matter and he knew they weren't happy with results.
Steve Davis is up - wants specifics on what factors Hitch looked at.
Hitch mentions the team's home record as poor, "heading wrong direction".
Buzz Carrick is up. Wants to know about coaching search method.
Hitch says they'll weigh pros and cons.
"Did you speak with anyone else about this decision?"
Hitch - hard decision, direction again, different type of leader needed for potential. He did speak with ownership.
Hitch says no players came to him and requested coaching change.
I ask if the off-field issues weren't an issue, would he look at the club results and make the same decision?
Hitch says whatever issues the team has, they'll deal with, but that the direction wasn't what it needed to be.
Ridge Mahoney asks about the performance of players Morrow brought in dooming him.
"It's not too late to fix this," says Hitch.
Scott French asks about leadership
Hitch says that he wants someone who can rally the team.
Greg Lalas asks about style.
Hitch says, "an attractive game will help us sell more tickets - win more games in an entertaining manner"
Hitch admits that if the Galaxy score had been closer, the decision would not have been made. 1-0 scoreline for example.
"We got embarrassed at home, in front of our biggest crowd."
"The stakes are continuing to be raised. We're all experiencing more pressure on performance. We want to put out a product that we can be proud of."
Jesus Padilla asks about Oscar Pareja.
"Obviously, Oscar, with his history with the club, is under consideration."
"Why make this decision now," asks SF
"Can't let the season go too long. I don't consider 5-1 a little hiccup."
TL - what was the process?
"I met with ownership yesterday and told them this was the direction I wanted to go," says Hitch.
Hitch also says that at the end of the year the owners will decide his own status.
"Was Morrow informed ahead of time?"
I ask if, in addition to the scoreline being embarrassing, was the red card by Serioux a factor in the humiliation and thus, part of the decision to fire Morrow?
"Part scoreline - part performance by the team. They didn't fight back. The scoreline was embarrassing, but the tackle was part of the game. Adrian didn't mean to hurt the player."
One more question about timeline to hire new coach.
No timeline, but they will start search right away.
Conference call is over.
Who agrees or disagrees with Hitchcock's decision? Why?