Updates for the Chunichi Dragons’ managerial situation, from August 10:
- Motonobu Tanishige was said to have signed a four-year deal, but it seems as though he may have been working year-to-year.
- There was a rift between Tanishige and General Manager Hiromitsu Ochiai that never went away. Ochiai often got his way over Tanishige, leaving the latter without much say over coaching assignments and player decisions. It also led to problems between Tanishige and the coaching staff — the only person he really trusted was Fielding Coach Takahiro Saeki.
- Chunichi Dragons’ President Takao Sasaki told reporters the organization had him to step down at this point during the season because they received a lot strongly worded messages from fans after the All-Star break and they felt they were at a breaking point where something needed to be done.
- Sasaki stopped short of assigning responsibility to other parties, i.e. Ochiai, but did say that they would continue to evaluate everyone’s performance.
- Ni-gun Manager Michihiro Ogasawara may be the current front-runner to take over as manager in 2017.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2016, Nikkan Sports 8/10/2016, Sponichi 8/10/2016, Sponichi 8/10/2016
[UPDATE 8/11 @ 11:55am]
The Dragons received a number of calls from fans that were wondering why the organization wanted to place all the blame on Tanishige and not on other officials, like Ochiai. There were also some calls asking why Ochiai was not named interim manager over Head Coach Shigekazu Mori.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/11/2016
[UPDATE 8/30 @ 2:50pm]
Tanishige may have been working year-to-year, but the Dragons publicly spoke about giving him at least four years and will most likely be paying him for the fourth year to avoid any problems. They are said to be discussing options.
Tanishige has already left his home in Nagoya and returned to his family in Yokohama.
Source: Sports Hochi 8/30/2016