In his first big move as 76ers coach Brett Brown will not retain the team's assistant coaches.

He informed Michael Curry Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel Thursday night they would not be a part of his staff. All three were holdovers from Doug Collins' staff and are under contract for one more year.

It is unclear if they'll remain with the Sixers in another capacity.

Curry was a candidate for the coaching job after Collins resigned April 18.

"I'm doing that for obvious reasons" said Brown who was hired Monday and introduced Wednesday. "I want to hire my own staff and have a clean start going in that direction. ... I feel like it's important that I come in with my own staff and start fresh and try to rebuild."

The former San Antonio Spurs assistant wouldn't disclose his assistant-coaching candidates. However he wants those positions filled by early September.

Brown said he made difficult phone calls to the former coaches. In Curry McKie and Capel he saw quality people with a tremendous history in this city who worked hard up until the end.

"Michael did a great job with the summer-league team" Brown said. "Aaron did a great job with workouts coaching here in the gym. Coach Capel has had a history here albeit fairly brief. But he still became a part of the program.

"And these are always difficult decisions and one that I feel like I have to make at this particular time."

Brown's decision to release the coaching staff doesn't come as a surprise. New coaches usually bring in their own staff.

Mike Malone who was hired by the Sacramento Kings in June didn't retain Kings assistants Jim Eyen Alex English Bobby Jackson and Clifford Ray. Jackson a former Sacramento player remained with the team in another capacity.

The former Sixers assistants could not immediately be reached for comment.