- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On October 27, 2009
- 0 Comments
- Michael Hitchcock
I just got word from the FC Dallas front office that Michael Hitchcock is out as General Manager. A letter was sent to season ticket holders with the news. In the letter Clark lays out the plan to replace Hitchcock, which includes President John Wagner officially taking over full control operations. In addition FCD will look to hire a Technical Director to “assist” Schellas Hyndman.
Most in Dallas would agree that this is a move that has been needed for some time now. Hitchcock had been relieved of nearly all his duties this past year. The Hunts waited for Hitchcock’s contract to expire instead of just canning him a year or two ago like most had wanted.
Below is the letter sent out by Clark Hunt:
Dear Valued Season Ticket Holder:
Earlier today, I notified Michael Hitchcock that we will not renew his contract with FC Dallas. In a few moments, we will announce the decision publicly through the press release attached, but I wanted to take this opportunity to share the information with you first.
Michael was an outstanding ambassador for our club during his tenure, and we wish him the best in the future. In lieu of hiring another general manager, we will immediately begin our search for a technical director who will assist Head Coach Schellas Hyndman with the day-to-day soccer operations of the club. Hunt Sports Group President John Wagner will continue to oversee the business side of the organization.
Season ticket holders like you are the lifeblood of FC Dallas, and we sincerely appreciate your loyalty. Although we were certainly disappointed to miss the playoffs by such a narrow margin, we were very encouraged by the performance of the club to close the season and we are already diligently preparing for 2010. We look forward to providing you with an outstanding product on the field next season.
Thank you again for your continued support of FC Dallas.
For me this isn’t a shocker as the writing was on the wall. Hopefully this means the club can move forward and get people in place that will actually make this club a real winner again. The problem with Hitchcock was he had too many responsibilities which lead to poor choices. You saw as he had a lesser role in roster decisions the team actually started to come around late in the year.
I think Dallas continues to move forward here, even with a coach that I don’t particularly think is the right fit for them. They showed late in the season that they can be contenders in this league and now they have a winter to get the rest of their roster taken care of in that manner. I have a feeling some moves will be made pretty quickly once roster moves are allowed again. But I will have more on that later.