CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Just over a week before training camp opens, the Carolina Panthers have no general manager. And no president.

The team that faded from a Super Bowl spot to a losing season in 2016 fired Dave Gettleman on Monday, eight days before the Panthers get down to preseason business. They already were without a team president after Danny Morrison resigned in February.

Owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement he made the decision after a long evaluation of the team’s football operations.

“I want to thank Dave for the role he played in our success over the past four seasons,” Richardson said. “While the timing of this decision is not ideal, a change is needed.”

The Panthers report to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on July 25 and have their first practice the following day.

Gettleman had been Carolina’s general manager for four seasons, when the Panthers went 43-26-1. But Carolina was 6-10 last season a year after reaching Super Bowl 50, where it lost to Denver. The Panthers had won the NFC South his first three years at the helm.

The relationship between Richardson and Gettleman began to deteriorate shortly after Carolina’s Super Bowl defeat.

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Source:: Chicago Sun-Times – Sports

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