Being fired from his job is a new experience for former Chicago Cubs first base coach Dave McKay. He along with manager Dale Sveum and the rest of the Cubs coaches were let go on Monday though McKay does have a chance at returning when the Cubs hire a new manager.

“It was a surprise” McKay said by phone on Thursday afternoon. “I won’t say it wasn’t a surprise. For Dale I was pretty much crushed. Rather me then him. I liked the effort Dale put in.”

McKay is highly regarded as an outfield coach and helped turn former Cub Alfonso Soriano into a better defender since McKay’s arrival from the St. Louis Cardinals before the 2012 season.

His firing isn’t something he’s used to having been a part of the Oakland Athletics from 1984 to 1995 and the Cardinals from 1996 to 2011.

“Different than anything I’ve been a part of because I had been with Tony LaRussa for 27 years” McKay said. “I was really fortunate and blessed to be working for a guy that every year you weren’t wondering if you’re coming back or not. You knew you were coming back.

“I never had to worry about or experience the general manager or owner’s idea of how they do something like this. It’s unusual for me but I understood where [president of baseball operations] Theo [Epstein] is coming. He called and we had a nice conversation and hoped we would be back at it again.”

McKay is open to returning but understands a new manager should get the opportunity to hire whomever he wants while McKay is getting antsy to win again.

“I’m 63 years old. If they say you’re going to be winning in four or five years I might not be there [in four or five years] even if I was asked” he said. “It’s getting close to when I’m going to be retiring. Right now I feel like I can do everything in the past. I don’t feel my age. The chance to work with these guys is exciting.”