Tim Hankinson has been fired as coach of the San Antonio Scorpions head coach the club announced on Tuesday afternoon.
In a lot of ways Hankinson's dismissal comes as no shock, the team finds itself bottom of the table again after four straight losses, enough to put any manager on the hot seat.
But it also seems like an odd decision, the Scorpions were in a similar position in the fall season and managed to get things together for a respectable finish and Hankinson wasn't fired then.
It would also appear this decision happened rather rapidly with limited notice coming out about the press conference announcing the decision.
Players have reported to the San Antonio Soccer Examiner that they were not informed of the decision with some finding out on twitter, while Hankinson was apparently only informed moments before the announcement that there would be a press conference from the club.
The writing was clearly on the wall after for straight losses it would be tough for any manager to survive under that pressure but the side seemed to be improving with last week's result against New York one that came more due to bad luck than bad coaching.
In addition Hankinson brought silverware to the team in their first year of existence as he built an attacking team that played flowing football and won the regular season title.
Of course Hankinson's reign was not perfect, the results are certainly not at the level that were predicted at the start of the season which is always going to be a big issue for any manager.
In addition Hankinson has faced issues under his tenure, his lack of trust in his bench has created tensions, most notably with Craig Hill, the third choice keeper, who was not given any minutes in any of the friendlies.
Hankinson has come in for hefty criticism since the end of the fall-season for his transfer policies, having brought in only strikers in the break but not a single defender while the defense seems to be the weakest part of the team.
While the Scorpions are certainly justified in their decision, it seems odd that Hankinson was not given the rest of the season to rectify the problem given their performance in the fall.
Speculation will be rife over who a potential replacement for Hankinson will be and it's sure to be an arduous task for president Howard Cornfield and owner Gordon Hartman, both of whom have very limited soccer experience.
What is known is that Alen Marcina, a man overlooked for the role initially, will take over as head coach for the remainder of the season.