Originally Posted by wazu
This rumor sounds absurd. What is not absurd, though is the notion of firing Pioli mid-season. There are valid reasons to do it right away if the plans are to do it anyway.
- Send a message to the fan base that change is coming swiftly.
- If reports of Pioli being a meddling cancer are true, then it removes the cancer.
- Maximize time allowed to find a new GM.
- If it's possible to hire new GM prior to season end, it would allow them more time to evaluate coaches and get scouting org together.
If the plan is to fire Pioli anyway I can't think of any reason to NOT do it right away.
This is pretty much how I see it. I don't think what happens in Tampa is going to matter much, however. If Clark has made his decision, this is probably the best time to do it. If he hasn't, then look for a late season announcement.
There's a lot of heat on Clark to get Pioli out of there and if he's made the decision to send SP down the road, it'd buy him a lot of goodwill among the fans. The scouts are all under contract and it would be in their best interests to do their job, regardless of who the GM is or isn't. They're not the ones drafting, the GM types are the ones that pull that trigger.