Yankees GM Brian Cashman wasn't the only member of the club's hierarchy who felt Joe Girardi's time as manager in the Bronx was up.
Owner Hal Steinbrenner said that he fully agreed with Cashman's assessment that a change was needed, and that this was not a decision that was made in haste.
"As I told Cash, I wasn't following his recommendation. I agreed with it," Steinbrenner said. "He and I have had these discussions for a considerable length of time over and over again...This isn't something we just decided we wanted to sit down and do at the end of the season. We've had a lot of discussions through the years."
The Yankees cut ties with Girardi after 10 seasons as Yankees manager, which included a World Series championship in 2009. The club had missed the playoffs in three of the last four seasons before making a surprise run to Game 7 of the ALCS this year.
"This was not a decision that we took lightly No. 1, and obviously not a decision that we had to do with two or three weeks," Steinbrenner said. "It had to do with two or three years, observing things and hearing things...We felt it was time to move in a different direction."
The Yankees have already interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson and former manager Eric Wedge. Ex-Yankee and current ESPN analyst Aaron Boone and San Francisco Giants bench coach and former Yankee Hensley Meulens are also expected to interview in the near future.
Despite his name having circulated as a potential dark horse candidate for the position, Alex Rodriguez is not being considered as an option at this time.