Contrary to what you were spoon-fed to believe, Skiles was not fired. He asked out early and often this season, telling superiors he felt he wasn't the right guy for the job and that he wasn't getting through to the players anymore. Their approach and the team's record reflect as much.
Reinsdorf refused to let him walk away from his obligation unless he gave up a portion (I don't know the forfeited amount) of his remaining guarantee.
That's all from an infallible authority and confirmed by others in the know.
NY Post Link
Keith Glass(Skiles' agent drawn from an interview with Mike North on WSCR): "Yea he was fired. I don't know what else you'd call it."
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