Joe Girardi was not ready to leave the Yankees.

“Disappointment,” Girardi told The Athletic when asked about his reaction to being fired by the Yankees. “I think there’s always hurt. Whenever you feel someone doesn’t want you, there’s going to be hurt. But I understood. I understand that this has happened to managers who have achieved a lot more than I have.”

Girardi’s contract was not renewed by the Yankees after GM Brian Cashman recommended that the manager not return following 10 seasons with the team.

“It was fairly quick. Brian told me as an organization they had decided to go in a different direction,” Girardi said in the in-depth Q&A. “We talked for a few minutes and we talked later on for a little bit longer. For me, there was disappointment because I kind of wanted to finish what we had started this year. And I was looking forward to the growth of the organization, the young players, the more young players with the veterans we had.”