Three teams swiftly removed top-level managers for their clubs underperformances in the wake of the Bull Oceanic League playoffs, it was announced today.
Manager Bruce Layton and GM Jim Hargrove were released by Auckland Arsenal, while the AUSL’s last place Perth Crocodiles tossed GM Aslak Pedersen.
The management duo of Layton and Hargrove produced a dismal 15-35 (.300) record for Auckland, finishing in last place and 17 games behind the league leaders, Hamilton. Arsenal had the worst run differential in the Oceanic League’s inaugural 50-game season, and were outscored by 91 runs during the season. The team did not indicate what other changes it was planning for the lengthy off-season.
In Perth, the outgoing Pedersen had produced a record of 16-34 (.320). The team also released their coaching staff, keeping only Joel Brown on as manager, who is signed through the end of 2017.