Chip Kelly named new San Francisco 49ers head coach

Chip Kelly has made a quick return to NFL as the new head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles last month, a week before the end of the regular season, after failing to lead them to the play-offs.

But the 49ers have chosen the former Oregon University coach as successor to Jim Tomsula, who left earlier this month after they finished bottom of the NFC West Division.

Kelly told the 49ers website: “As one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League, I realize the high standards and expectations that this position demands and I embrace the challenges ahead.

“My immediate focus is to build the best coaching staff possible, one that will maximize the abilities of each of our players and put us in the best position to win football games.”

Kelly had a 26-21 record in his three years with the Eagles, whose 29.6 points per game in that time was third-highest among NFL teams.

A playoff spot was secured with a 10-6 record in his first season, but an identical second-year record was not good enough for a place in the post-season.

CEO Jed York said. “Chip has a proven track record at both the college and NFL levels that speaks for itself. We believe strongly that he is the right man to get this team back to competing for championships. I look forward to watching Trent (Baalke – general manager) and Chip work closely to build a team that will make us all proud.”

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