A day after coach Jim Tomsula paid for the 49ers’ disappointing season with his job, owner Jed York said the same fate will not befall General Manager Trent Baalke.
York says Baalke remains the G.M. and will hire the next head coach.
“Trent Baalke will remain the General Manager of the 49ers. Trent understands that I’m not satisfied with the state of this team. Trent’s role is to find the next head coach and continue to build this roster and get us back to championship form. Trent has the skills to do this,” York said.
The question, however, is how sure 49ers fans can be that Baalke really is the man to turn the 49ers around. The team had a lot of success under coach Jim Harbaugh, but York and Baalke decided they couldn’t work for Harbaugh any longer and sent him packing. They then hired Tomsula, whom they could work with, but not win with.
Now the 49ers need to find a coach they can win with. York was born into the family that has owned the team for decades, so he doesn’t have to worry about his job security. But he may have no choice but to fire Baalke if the next coach is as unsuccessful as Tomsula.