“Interim” 49ers beat reporter Phil Barber here. As Eric Branch fights fatigue and holiday travelers to get back to the Bay Area, I’ll be covering the haps at 4949 Centennial today. I’ll throw you a longer report later. But before I get to some transcribing, here is a brief rundown on the press conference we just witnessed.
It’s official. Mike Singletary has signed a four-year contract to remain as 49ers head coach for 2009.
Mike Singletary told his players to take one hour out of their days today to focus on football. I’m not one of Singletary’s players, but since it looks as if Singletary is going to be around for a while, I figured I’d better follow his directive.
Mike Nolan has spent a lot of time the past two days on the phone, speaking with friends and family and many of his former players. Nolan was fired Monday after going 18-37 in 3 1/2 seasons as head coach. Today, he was gracious enough to return my phone call. We spoke for about 15 minutes, and covered such topics as what went right and what went wrong. Ultimately, he said…
Mike Nolan made his first public comment today, one day after being fired as 49ers head coach. Nolan released a statement through the 49ers today.
The 49ers just held a press conference in which Mike Singletary was announced as the head coach, replacing Mike Nolan, who was fired on Monday.
Before I get to bed, I just wanted to give you some of my thoughts on what happened today.
The 49ers have announced that Mike Nolan has been fired, and Mike Singletary has signed a deal through the end of the season to become the interim coach.
So did anything happen while I was traveling back from the East Coast?