The hashtag of #sigiout was trending after Sounders FC’s playoff elimination Thursday.
It really should have been no surprise. Questions about coach Sigi Schmid‘s job security have lingered for a couple weeks, and losing to a rival wasn’t going to help, especially when stakes were perhaps as high as they’ve ever been in 38 years.
Schmid was asked about his future after Thursday’s defeat in Portland.
“My desire is to return,” he said. “I don’t want to walk away. I know there are probably people out there that would like me to walk away. The press, you guys like that. … I think there’s a good base of talent, there’s a good base of people that we can work with for next year, but there are improvements and there are changes we have to make. At the end of the day my job security is really in the hands of (owners Adrian Hanauer and Joe Roth).”
Hanauer, for his part, declined to speak with reporters afterward.
We’ve addressed both sides of the argument before — e.g. personnel inconsistently vs. underachievement — but what do you think?
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