Schmid talks about that organizational stability a bit in the blog post below.
And here's more on the same topic from general manager Adrian Hanauer:
How would the Sounders fire a coach? Who would be involved?AH: I talk to (majority owner Joe Roth) every day – sometimes twice a day, sometimes three times a day. So he’s very involved and in the loop on what’s going on with the major pieces of the organization, and there aren’t many bigger than the head coach. So I suppose that’s where it would start from. Thankfully, we haven’t had to figure out a process. But I’ve fired enough people in my career to know that you figure it out, and it’s never a good process or a fun process, but sometimes it’s a process that needs to happen.
But I overheard Sigi’s comments (reprinted below), and I think it’s dead on. We hired Sigi because we thought he was the best coach in Major League Soccer, and you don’t go from being the best coach in Major League Soccer to being a bad coach, even in a bad stretch.
There will come a day whether he’s too old or goes a little crazy or, you know, something happens: he can’t relate to the players … something. But in terms of if all his facilities are there and he’s the same guy that he is today, he’s always going to be a good coach and will give us a chance to win a championship.
And I guess that also related to the stability question: Coming from the business world, I’m a big believer in stability, because I think people do their best work when they’re stable, and they have confidence, and I just think that organizations that are continually in flux have a hard time being as effective. It doesn’t mean we’ll never make changes, but you’ll see without our organization – even the team – we don’t make that many changes because we think that is a more dangerous and less consistence strategy for success.
Are fans more likely than other kinds of customers to sometimes demand changes at the top?AH: In my opinion a big part of my job is trying to be the voice of reason and rational about the decisions. I’m a fan also, and I’m up there in my box screaming at Sigi’s substitutions and the tactics as well. But when I take a step back and can become rational about what’s going on, that’s when good decisions get made.
Our fans are the lifeblood of our organization, but just like I’m not sure there are that many of them that are supremely qualified to be the CEO of Costco, I’m not sure there are that many that are supremely qualified to be the CEO of our club or the coach of our team. And so, hopefully, people understand that you hire people that you hope will make good decisions on behalf of the organization. Again, I’ve been wrong before and I’ll be wrong again. But a bunch of my partners have decided that I’m a reasonably good choice to make some of those decisions for now.
Are you comfortable that you will survive the Members Association vote at the end of this season?AH: I feel comfortable. But that’s when they can tell me whether they want somebody else making the decisions.