San Francisco 49ers hire Chip Kelly to be head coach

The San Francisco 49ers have hired Chip Kelly to be their new head coach, the team announced on Thursday.

“After a thorough search, [GM Trent Balke] and I are thrilled to announce Chip Kelly as the new head coach of the 49ers,” 49ers CEO Jed York wrote.

After being fired by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the end of the season, Kelly had said that his preference was to remain in the NFL.

Kelly was one of two finalists for the 49ers job, along with former Broncos and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

We will have more on this hiring shortly.

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