Dave Dombrowski, former Detroit Tigers president and general manager, broke his daylong silence Wednesday on his surprising separation from the club, speaking with a few reporters by phone

He said that the decision to part ways was made by owner Mike Ilitch, and the two sides never engaged in contract talks.

"They basically told me they decided to change direction of leadership in the organization," he said. "It's kind of like an end of an era."

He actually had a feeling Monday night, he said, and told his wife, "Don't be surprised if this happens tomorrow."Earlier, Dombrowski told Jon Morosi of Fox Sports that he "was not given any explanation, other than a change of direction, and I respect that. Nobody owes me any type of reason at all."

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