The San Antonio Scorpions will be looking for the third head coach in their history as they announced that Alen Marcina will not be returning to the club in 2016, the Scorpions announced on Sunday. While the departure of Marcina is not a huge shock, the manner of his dismissal may well be a new low for the management of the club.
With Marcina’s contract expired on Sunday, all that would have been needed was to have a private discussion and inform Marcina that his contract would not be renewed. However, that is not the route that Howard Cornfield chose to dismiss Marcina, taking the opportunity to inform Marcina of his decision at San Antonio International Airport baggage claim, not only in front of all of his players, but in front of the general public, sources who saw this occur have informed the San Antonio Soccer Examiner.
While it is hard to argue with Cornfield’s public statements that the results were not good enough, with the club barely avoiding last place this season. No manager deserves what happened to Marcina, being dismissed in a public place.
In the press release Cornfield said “I’d like to thank Alen for his tremendous contributions to the Scorpions.” But his actions reflect a distain for Marcina which should not be accepted by anyone, regardless of the disappointing season in 2015, Marcina gave the club two of the three trophies held by the team, and should go down in the annals of San Antonio soccer history for that.
The manner in which Marcina was dismissed for the club may highlight problems with the management of the club. Those issues, which may be even more than reported here, will surely get around to prospective hires, which may make the search for Marcina’s replacement even harder.
There are a number of good managers available including former Tampa Bay Rowdies manager Thomas Rongen, and Austin Aztex manager Paul Dalglish, but the question remains if either of those managers would come to the club in light of what happened to Marcina. Of course Marcina was an internal hire and it would not be unexpected for the club to go down that road again, with Cornfield stating that he was hoping to make an announcement shortly.