Niners president/CEO Jed York confirmed Monday that Scot McCloughan had been relieved of his duties as the team's general manager and wouldn't be returning to the club. York also said that director of player personnel Trent Baalke would be the club's decision maker in the draft next month, with the assistance of director of pro personnel Tom Gamble.
"Trent is leading us into the draft," York said during a conference call from the NFL owners' annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. "Trent is the point person in the draft. He is making draft decisions. ... I have full confidence in him."
York said that head coach Mike Singletary will not assume a larger role in personnel decisions.
York said the only reason that McCloughan was let go was a "private personnel matter," but he wouldn't elaborate further. York said he waited five days to publicly discuss the dismissal because he had given his word to McCloughan that he wouldn't comment during that period.
McCloughan cannot join another NFL team until after the draft, as specified in his contract.
When asked what McCloughan's legacy would be, York responded, "You'd have to ask him." York went on to explain that while his former GM had done some good work, the organization had been unable to reach the playoffs during his tenure.
McCloughan was hired by the 49ers as director of player personnel in February 2005 shortly after Mike Nolan had been named head coach. He was promoted to general manager in January 2008, being given authority over personnel matters ahead of Nolan, who had been in danger of being fired at the time and ultimately was canned seven games into the 2008 season.
York was noncommittal as to whether he would appoint another general manager to succeed McCloughan, saying he'd wait until after the draft to make that decision. The leading contenders for the GM job are Baalke, Gamble and executive vice president of football and business operations Paraag Marathe.
For more on the 49ers' front-office upheaval, read "McCloughan's fall from grace his own doing."
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