Crennel axed by Chiefs

  • Last Updated: December 31 2012, 17:36 GMT

The Kansas City Chiefs have reacted to finishing the regular season with a 2-14 record by firing head coach Romeo Crennel.

Romeo Crennel: Chiefs suffered fifth losing season in six years

The 65-year-old took charge of the Chiefs on an interim basis during the closing weeks of the 2011 campaign after Todd Haley was fired, before then being given the role permanently in January.

However, he couldn't prevent the franchise from slumping to their fifth losing season in the last six years. They averaged just 13.2 points per game, ranking them dead last in the NFL.

"I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Romeo, both personally and professionally," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said.

"He is an accomplished coach, a man of great character and he helped guide our football team through some extremely challenging circumstances this season.

"However, I am embarrassed by the poor product we gave our fans this season, and I believe we have no choice but to move the franchise in a different direction.

"I will immediately begin the search for the next head coach of the Chiefs."

General manager Scott Pioli has kept his job, though Hunt revealed there could yet be further personnel changes in Kansas City.

He added: "The entire football operation will remain under review, and there may be additional changes to come. No final determination has been made at this point on the future of General Manager Scott Pioli."

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