On Sunday, the locker room of the San Francisco 49ers was an emotional one, as Jim Harbaugh, the team’s coach, said goodbye to his players. He shook hands and hugged every single player as he awaited his much anticipated departure from the 49ers. The announcement of his exit was made after the match against the Arizona Cardinals, in which the Cardinals were defeated 20-17.
Coach refuses to throw light on his future plans
In the meantime, the coach has refused to confirm or refute claims that he was going to join his Michigan school, his alma mater. The coach has simply acknowledged the fact that he will not be around the team anymore.Describing his experience in the team as “…a lot of great memories, great moments. …” the coach further added, “…it’s been a pleasure to work and serve for this organization. I feel great about what we accomplished.”
Mutual agreement between the team and coach
At present, because of his departure the coach will not complete his $25mn, 5 year contract signed in 2011 with the team. Yet, the team has agreed to his departure. His exit also comes at a time when San Francisco had hoped to turn a new leaf with the Levi’s stadium, made at a cost of $1.3bn. In his statement, Jed York, CEO for the team thanked the coach for his tireless efforts at restoring the “competitive nature” and “winning culture” of the team. He also commented that the separation was in the best interest of the team and the coach.
During his tenure, the coach led the team to three consecutive NFC championship tournaments as well as a close call at the sixth Super Bowl. Jim Tomsula, the Defensive line coach is expected to take his place.