Tuesday Oct. 21, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Singletary has replaced Mike Nolan as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers. The transfer of power took place last night when Nolan was fired. Singletary, a star with the Chicago Bears in the 1980's, had been the club's assistant head coach.
At a news conference this afternoon, Singletary said he has mixed emotions about the promotion. He had been with Nolan for several years. The Niners were 18-and-37 in Nolan's three and a-half seasons at the helm. San Francisco has had five straight losing seasons and hasn't made the playoffs since 2002.
Nolan is the third NFL coach to get the ax this season. Oakland's Lane Kiffin and Scott Linehan of St. Louis were sacked earlier.