York fires 49er's general manager, head coach

Trent Baalke issues statement thanking CEO for opportunity to work for team

The general manager and head coach of the San Francisco 49ers football team were fired Sunday.

General manager Trent Baalke and head coach Chip Kelly were fired by 49ers CEO Jed York who said in a statement that he made the changes because the team did not progress as the season went on.

"I have informed Trent and Chip of my decision to pursue new leadership for our football team," York said.

The 49ers finished their season Sunday with a record of 2-14 as they lost to the Seattle Seahawks. The announcement of the firings occurred after the game.

"The performance of this team has not lived up to my expectations or those of our fans, and that is truly disappointing," York said.

This is the third year in a row team officials have fired their head coach. Last year, Jim Tomsula was fired after only one season. The 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. The year before, Jim Harbaugh was fired.

Baalke spent 12 years with the 49ers.

"Trent gave this organization every ounce of effort he had over the last 12 years and his contributions were integral to the team reaching three straight NFC championship games and a Super Bowl. I will forever be grateful for his dedication to the 49ers," York said.

He added, "Chip has my gratitude for the job he did this year, navigating the team through some adverse circumstances."

Baalke issued a statement after he was fired from the franchise, thanking CEO Jed York for the opportunity to work for the team.

"I would like to thank Jed and the York family for the opportunity to work for one of the most storied franchises in all of sports," Baalke said. "From day one, they have always given me the support and resources I needed."

He said he is disappointed where the team is and that he was not able to reward 49ers' fans with a championship.

"This is a first class organization that deserves the very best," Baalke said.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Long Time P-towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 2, 2017 at 9:18 am

Bring back Eddie D!

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm

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Have to agree. According to the sports coverage this morning, this little fiasco will cost $30 million-ish. Eddie could certainly teach young Mr. York if they plan to leave him in charge.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm

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A couple of quotes from the sports media.

ESPN columnist David Fleming referring to Jeb York: "Kooky" and "Goofy".

Sports illustrated writer Michael Rosenberg" "Jeb York created a culture that encourages selfishness, weakness and back stabbing".

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Posted by clare
a resident of Walnut Hills
on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

I agree! Eddie D. had class and integrity, unlike the current leadership. While we're at it, could we get Alex Smith back?!?

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

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The Red Sox had the Curse of the Bambino...
The Niners now have the Curse of the Harbino!

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