In a well-run organization, the Owner/COO/etc hires the GM, the GM hires the manager with a LITTLE input from the higher ups, and the GM and manager work together to hiring the remainder of the coaching staff.
This way, everyone has some say, and it uses everyone’s knowledge accordingly.
Everyone (not just RDMB, I mean *everyone*) talks about who the Wilpons will hire for manager. But they SHOULDN’T be hiring a manager, the GM should be hiring a manager. And the Wilpons should only object if the price is too high. If they hire a GM and don’t trust him to pick a manager, why are they hiring that GM in the first place? That’s part of HIS JOB.
Let’s say I’m a GM and I get hired by the Wilpons to run the Mets. I know that Bobby Valentine is the right man for the job, but I run it by Jeff and Fred and they say “no way, we’ve already tried that, and we really just don’t get along – find someone else,” then I would be incredibly pissed and would immediately regret becoming GM of the team. It’s MY job to pick the manager, and unless the owners literally cannot afford the guy I want, I should have the say. I was hired to make this team a contender, and if the owners don’t let me do my job, then why am I even here?
Many will respond to that by saying “well then the Wilpons will probably hire a GM who allows their full input” and I’ll respond with “then this team is already doomed for failure.” If a GM isn’t allowed to pick his manager, then how much input will he have with signing and trading for players? I’m fairly certain that the Wilpons had at least *some* significant input on many of Omar’s failed moves, so if they’re allowed that same input with a new GM, then what’s the point in making the change? Sure, it could rile up the fan base, but if the team continues to lose, the potential rise in attendance will be incredibly short-lived.
In summation, if the Wilpons have anything more than subtle input on hiring any of the coaching staff or if they hire a GM who isn’t allowed to fully work toward his personal vision, I believe this team is in deep long-term trouble.