Former Panthers GM Marty Hurney will serve as the interim replacement for Dave Gettleman, the team announced Wednesday.
TheCharlotte Observer first reported the news. Hurney was the team’s general manager from 2002–2012.
“I never lost connection with the organization,” Hurney said in a statement. “I’ve gained a lot of perspective and have looked at things in different ways. I think I can help this team in a lot of areas. I think I’ve grown. And I feel I’m better prepared to come in this time and do a better job than I did over the 12 years I was general manager last time.”
The Panthers unexpectedly fired Gettleman earlier this week after four seasons with the team.
“Marty is the perfect person to help us in the interim,” Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said. “He worked with us for 15 years and understands the culture we have here. He had a lot to do with the core of our team being in place. I’m thankful that he is willing to help us in this transition period.”
Hurney was responsible for the acquisition of many key players, including Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen. He was also scrutinized for handing out large contracts to players and hamstringing the team’s financial flexibility.