The press release didn’t say he was fired, but after Real Salt Lake general manager Craig Waibel was quoted in former RSL coach Mike Petke’s legal complaint calling the club the “toughest” work environment in the league, it was only a matter of time before Dell Loy Hansen and he agreed to part ways.
A club-issued release called the decision mutual. Judging from his statements in the complaint, that’s likely true.
Waibel was quoted cordially in the release.
I would like to thank Dell Loy Hansen for the opportunities presented to me over the past six years. During this time, I have experienced an incredible amount of personal and professional growth and I am proud of the work we have accomplished,” Waibel said. “While I am stepping away to take some time to evaluate the next step in my career, I want to wish Dell Loy, the locker room, and most importantly, the fans nothing but the best in their pursuit of the 2019 MLS Cup.
The following quote from Petke’s legal complaint explains it quite neatly.
Both Waibel and Zarkos also told Petke that they were no longer going to put up with Hansen’s conduct and that they had a plan to exit RSL after the season. Waibel then said, “It’ll be at the end of the year, because I also don’t think Dell Loy [Hansen] should ever be rewarded for who he is.”