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Chiefs announce that G.M. Scott Pioli has been fired

Scott Pioli

Kansas City Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli watches as the Chiefs warm up before an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)


Scott Pioli has been fired as general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs.

“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said in a statement released by the team. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.”

Pioli, who was hired to take over the Chiefs’ front office in January of 2009, released his own statement thanking the team and apologizing for not building a winner.

“I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt Family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago. I’d also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans. The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family – to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs – to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done,” Pioli said.

As the Chiefs continue to change the direction of their franchise, former Eagles head coach Andy Reid is widely expected to be named their next head coach.