49ers fire Mike Nolan

20 10 2008

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The San Francisco 49ers, losers of their last four games, have reportedly fired head coach Mike Nolan.

According to several media sources, Nolan, who was in his fourth season, was let go, and the team elevated assistant head coach Mike Singletary to head coach.

The 49ers suffered a 29-17 road loss to the New York Giants this past Sunday, dropping their record to 2-5.

The 49-year-old Nolan, who was in the fourth season of a five-year contract with the 49ers, compiled an 18-37 record during his tenure with the team. The best finish under his watch was 7-9 in 2006.

In fact, the 49ers haven’t had a winning record since 2002, when they went 10-6 before falling to Tampa Bay in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Nolan was hired by the 49ers on January 19, 2005, 37 years to the date his late father, Dick, was hired by the team. Dick Nolan, who passed away last November, captured three straight NFC West championships (1970-72) in San Francisco.

The 50-year-old Singletary is in his fourth year with the 49ers. A 10-time Pro Bowl selection as a Chicago linebacker, Singletary was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998.

Reports surfaced earlier Monday that the 49ers would fire Nolan after the team hosts Seattle this coming Sunday. They have a bye after that game.

– Steve

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