York announces McCloughan has been officially dismissed

The worst kept secret in the NFL has finally been reveled, and that is Scot McCloughan won’t be back as the Niners GM in 2010. Today Niners president/CEO Jed York confirmed the news at a press conference, this days after it was basically known that McCloughan had been relieved of his duties.

York said that director of player personnel Trent Baalke would be the club’s decision maker in the draft next month, with the assistance of director of pro personnel Tom Gamble. “Trent is leading us into the draft,” York said during a conference call from the NFL owners’ annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. “Trent is the point person in the draft. He is making draft decisions. … I have full confidence in him.”

York said the only reason that McCloughan was let go was a “private personnel matter,” but he wouldn’t go into great details about the matter. York said he waited five days to publicly discuss the dismissal because he had given his word to McCloughan that he wouldn’t comment during that period.

McCloughan cannot join another NFL team until after the draft, as specified in his contract. When asked what McCloughan’s legacy would be, York responded, “You’d have to ask him.”

McCloughan was hired by the 49ers as director of player personnel in February 2005 shortly after Mike Nolan had been named head coach. He was promoted to general manager in January 2008, being given authority over personnel matters ahead of Nolan, who had been in danger of being fired at the time and ultimately was canned seven games into the 2008 season.

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