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Tennessee general manager Ruston Webster thinks Mike Munchak helped the franchise that drafted him back in 1982 through a challenging time through three seasons as head coach. Vapormax Prezzo Basso . Unfortunately for Munchak, loyalty to the NFL team with which he spent 31 seasons just wasnt enough anymore. The Titans fired Munchak on Saturday after spending the past week talking about changes needed for a franchise that has not reached the playoffs since 2008 and last won a post-season game in January 2003. "In the end, we were not able to agree just on the future or the direction of the franchise, and I felt it was time to make a change," Webster said at a news conference. "We move ahead into the next phase of the Tennessee Titans and look for the next coach, and also looking for great things." Munchak became the seventh NFL coach fired. He said in a statement issued through the team that he had hoped this day would never come and that he couldnt express his sadness at leaving a franchise he had been with for more than 30 years. "My goal as head coach was to do things the right way with the right people, and I felt confident that the results would follow," Munchak said. "Sometimes rebuilding a team and its culture takes time, but I truly believe we were on the verge of great things. Unfortunately, my vision did not match that of the organization, so we will part ways." Webster now has to oversee this franchises first coaching search since February 2011 when Munchak was promoted and only the second since this franchise left Texas for Tennessee in 1997. Munchak flew to Texas on Friday morning to meet with team president and CEO Tommy Smith and Webster. They returned late in the afternoon. Smith said in a statement that those talks continued into Saturday before the decision to let Munchak go. "Ultimately, we decided it was best to move in different directions," Smith said. "As I told him, we appreciate his efforts as head coach and I think he helped us progress as a team." Munchak had a season left on his contract and was 22-26 overall. He had been with this franchise since 1982 when the then-Houston Oilers made him a first-round draft pick, and he joined the coaching staff as an assistant the year after he retired. The Titans made Munchak their 16th head coach when late owner Bud Adams promoted him after firing Jeff Fisher. But Munchaks first off-season was wiped out by the NFL lockout before his only winning season at 9-7. He went 6-10 after the second off-season was chewed up when Adams ordered his front office to chase Peyton Manning. Adams spent more than $100 million this past off-season to restock the Titans roster and made it clear he wanted a playoff berth. That spending spree landed 13 new free agents, along with seven draft picks making the roster. Smith, Adams son-in-law, was named president and CEO a week after Adams died in October. The Titans went 7-9 losing six games by one possession and also won six games decided by a possession. They also dropped eight of 10 games in one stretch, including five straight at home, with fans showing their displeasure by staying away by the thousands. That didnt change in the season finale with Smith watching even as the Titans beat Houston 16-10. Webster, who praised Munchaks professionalism, said the decision was shared by telephone Saturday. "He was a bridge between having a long tenured coach that had just left, and things had been done a certain way, and an older owner who in his tenure passed away," said Webster, promoted to general manager in January 2012. "I think weve been in a pretty major transition and he was part of that. Hes actually made the place better." Munchak had made it clear over the past couple of weeks that he thought having quarterback Jake Locker available for all 16 games likely would have been the difference in the two or three wins needed to earn this franchises first playoff berth since 2008. Webster wouldnt comment when asked if Munchak wanted an extension past 2014, and changes to the coaching staff likely was another issue. Defensive co-ordinator Jerry Gray and senior assistant coach for defence Gregg Williams both have expiring contracts, and special teams had problems on kick and punt returns until the team signed Leon Washington late. Munchak also promoted an old friend, Chet Parlavecchio, already on his staff as linebackers coach for 2013, and a young group featuring Zach Brown, Colin McCarthy and Akeem Ayers struggled most of the season. Asked if Munchak had been asked to fire six assistants as a condition to stay, Webster called that a "big number." Left guard Andy Levitre, who signed as a free agent in March to play for Munchak, wrote on Twitter: "Unfortunate to hear the news about Coach Munchak. Couldnt be more thankful 4 him giving me this opportunity in Nashville. Wish him the best." Vapormax Plus Saldi . Smith, an eighth overall pick, had two goals in only 276 minutes of playing time over 16 appearances last season. The left side midfielder played only 43 minutes in three games this season. Vapormax Plus Italia http://www.scarpevapormaxscontate.it/vapormax-97-italia/vapormax-97-bianche-saldi.html . The rest of the team was already on the field stretching before batting practice while Puig was getting dressed in the clubhouse. He had been slated to start in right field for the afternoon game against the San Francisco Giants, who beat the Dodgers 8-4.MONTREAL - The Montreal Impact hope their backup goalkeeper can help the team return to winning ways.Evan Bush will get the start in goal for the second consecutive game when the Impact, hoping to halt a three-game losing skid, take on Real Salt Lake on Thursday night in Utah.The 28-year-old Bush, who had yet to start for the Impact in Major League Soccer this season prior to last Saturdays 2-1 defeat in Columbus, is getting the nod in place of veteran goalkeeper Troy Perkins.Why wouldnt he?, said manager Frank Klopas when asked if Bush would start against Salt Lake. He deserves the opportunity to be in there and he had a very good game against Columbus, regardless of the score line.Bush made four saves on six shots in Columbus, giving up two goals to midfielder Bernardo Anor. The Venezuelan beat Bush low to his left in the 56th minute with a strike from the top of the 18-yard box. In the 75th, Anors right-footed shot from distance curled away from Bush and flew into the top corner of the net for the game-winner.Since joining the Impact in 2011, Montreals backup keeper has started just three MLS matches (0-3-0), played in four CONCACAF Champions League games (2-2-0), and led the team to back-to-back Canadian Championships (3-2-3) in 2013 and 2014.Thats part of being on a team, said Bush, who has yet to record a victory in North Americas highest league. Within a team, you have changes based on different situations. You have to step in when they call upon you.Bush was called upon to replace Perkins, Montreals starter since being acquired by the Impact in 2012. The Ohio native had made all 17 starts for the Impact in MLS before last Saturdays match. The week before, in the dying minutes of a game against Sporting Kansas City, a defensive mistake by Perkins cost Montreal a point and may have ultimately cost Perkins his starters role.Klopas, however, insists the decision to start Bush is simply to reduce Perkins workload.Troy is very good. But with the amount of games, maybe hes not as sharp, maybe hes a little bit tired, said Klopas. Its just about form. Its the same with players on the field. The guys have to understand that if they work hard, theyre going to get opportunities to play. Guys are going to come in and out of form. You have to use the depth of a squad.We have two very good goalkeepers, including a younger guy whos pushing, whos eager to play, but who needs time. (Bush) has been looking good and sharp in training sessions and in the game hes played.If the Impact (3-10-5) hope to record their first road victory of the year, Bush will likely have to put together the best performance of his young MLS career against third-place Real Salt Lake (7-4-8). The last-place Impact have offered their goalies little offensive support this season, scoring a league-low one goal per game.The numbers are even worse on the road. Montreal has just six goals away from Saputo Stadium for a minus-11 goal differential.The lone bright spot going into Thursday may be Maarco Di Vaios rejuvenation. Vapormax Off White Nere. The Italian striker, who had scored just once in eight appearances to start the year, has three goals in his last four games.Di Vaio will be looking to add to Real Salt Lakes recent woes. After starting the 2014 campaign unbeaten in their first 12 games, Jeff Kassars men have lost four of their last seven, scoring just five goals over that stretch.Despite the poor run of form, Real Salt Lake can always rely on Joao Plata and Costa Rican international Alvaro Saborio, who have scored eight and six times respectively this season.Its going to be a good challenge, said defender Hassoun Camara. Theyre one of the best teams of the league. Why not win over there? If were going, its because we think we can get something out of the game. Were not going there just to look pretty.Theyre a good possession team, theyre good with the ball, added Klopas. They have quality players who are comfortable on the ball and in their decision-making. They give good tempo to the game - they know when to speed things up and when to slow things down. They push numbers forward; their outside backs get involved in the game.Since returning from the World Cup break last month, the Impact have put together a few solid performances, but have a 1-3-1 record to show for them.With 16 games remaining on the season, Montreal is currently nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their current three-game losing streak is the teams longest since opening the season with three straight losses.Theres a lot of frustration, for sure, said captain Patrice Bernier. You play well, but you dont get the result, you arent rewarded.Were losing because of minor details. Were losing by one goal; were not getting crushed. At this point in the season, were paying the price for the smallest misstep. Theres a bit of bad luck, sure. We cant give up even the slightest of chances.Bernier assures the question marks surrounding the teams starting goaltender are not an added distraction.Nobodys thinking about that, he said. Were in a period of changes. There may be more changes coming on Thursday. Theres no single player that can be blamed. We all want to win — the coach, the entire team. Were just looking for that winning recipe right now. Its up to us, collectively, to make sure we support all players who have seen better days.Notes: Winger Justin Mapp is questionable for Thursdays game. Mapp, who has been dealing with a groin injury this season, walked out of training on Tuesday after less than an hour. … Defender Eric Miller and newcomer Gorka Larrea will not dress for the Impact on Thursday. … Perkins sports one of the lowest save percentages this season amongst goalies with at least 10 starts (64 per cent). … The Impact play a third game in nine nights when they face the Portland Timbers at home on Sunday. … Montreal opens its 2014-2015 Champions League campaign when the team welcomes El Salvadors FAS to Saputo Stadium on Aug. 8. ' ' '