York: Niners to seek GM, who will hire new head coach

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Sicc OG
Jul 18, 2005
San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York said Sunday via text message that the team will hire a general manager and ultimately a new head coach, suggesting Mike Singletary will not return next season.

The 49ers parted ways with former GM Scot McCloughan in March and have operated without someone in that position since. Vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke, whom York said would be a candidate for the job, has handled GM-type decisions.

York, speaking after the 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams, said the team will conduct a GM search that will then lead to another head coach. Singletary could be gone before the 49ers' season finale against the Arizona Cardinals next week.

Sources close to several of the top available coaching candidates -- ESPN analyst Jon Gruden and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh in particular -- indicated that both men could be interested in the impending vacancy, but they would require a restructured front office and a proven GM heading up the personnel department.

Singletary is 18-22 in two-plus seasons with the 49ers. He took over as interim coach midway through the 2008 season after Mike Nolan was fired, then was given the job on a permanent basis following a 5-4 finish.

Singletary led the team to a 8-8 record last season, leading many to pick the 49ers as NFC West favorites. Instead, San Francisco slumped to 5-10 amid quarterback controversies and other issues.


Raider Nation
Feb 21, 2005
hopefully it's someone dumb who signs Singletary and Alex Smith to 10 year contract extensions and forces your team to be horrible for years to come
Jan 4, 2003
pshh even Davis aint that dumb ^ your niner squad kept Alex BUST Smith around for 6 years.. at least old man Davis was smart enough to let his staff cut ways with our own BUST in J. Russell
Jan 4, 2003
I understand that, but what does it matter how much $ hes being paid..if he's still bein tha starter on your squad?? Obviously Smith knows he's no good, thats why he was willing to take a paycut.. at tha same time knowin tha dumb 9ers would still have faith in him.. I guess on tha bright side.. tha whiner organization didnt have to pay too much for their failed experiments eh


Dec 7, 2005
^ its why singletary is getting fired, he had all the football say, alex was competing to be a starter and sing gave him the starting job.

Jed York sees what a mistake it was letting 1 man run it all which is why hes going after a GM