49ers fire coach Mike Sin­gle­tary

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Mike Sin­gle­tary made a name for him­self as a coach with that bold "I want win­ners!" dec­la­ra­tion more than two years ago. Ul­ti­mately, he didn't pro­duce enough vic­to­ries to save his job.

The Hall of Fame linebacker was fired by the San Fran­cisco 49ers on Sun­day night af­ter two dis­ap­point­ing sea­sons, in­clud­ing a 5-10 show­ing this year for a fran­chise that ex­pected to win the NFC West.

The team made the an­nounce­ment upon re­turn­ing to the Bay Area late Sun­day, sev­eral hours af­ter San Fran­cisco was elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention with a 2517 loss at St. Louis. De­fen­sive line coach Jim Tom­sula was pro­moted to in­terim coach and will run the team in the sea­son fi­nale at home against Ari­zona. He was to be for­mally in­tro­duced in a news con­fer­ence Mon­day.

Af­ter team pres­i­dent and CEO Jed York told re­porters in St. Louis af­ter the loss he would think about whether Sin­gle­tary would coach the fi­nal game, Sin­gle­tary then was told of his dis­missal back at the team's Santa Clara com­plex.

"I want to thank Mike Sin­gle­tary for the pas­sion and ef­fort that he brought to this or­ga­ni­za­tion," York said in a state­ment. "He is a tremen­dous per­son for whom I will al­ways have great re­spect."

York said money wasn't an ob­ject in this de­ci­sion con­sid- er­ing Sin­gle­tary had two years re­main­ing on his con­tract.

"Ob­vi­ously, we didn't achieve the things we set out to achieve. We should be a play­off team," York said in the locker room. "We aren't a play­off team this year. Very dis­ap­pointed about that. We need to fig­ure out how we can get into the play­offs and how we can start com­pet­ing for Su­per Bowls."

San Fran­cisco be­gan the year with high hopes of win­ning the West and reach­ing the post­sea­son for the first time since 2002. Sin­gle­tary was 1822 in two-plus sea­sons. "One of the great­est ex­pe­ri­ences of my life was hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to coach the San Fran­cisco 49ers," Sin­gle­tary said in a state­ment. -Ap

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