31 Dec 2008

Shanahan sacked by Broncos

1:41 pm on 31 December 2008

The American Football team the Denver Bronco's have fired head coach Mike Shanahan after they lost their final three regular season games to miss out on the playoffs.

Shanahan, who became head coach in 1995, was the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL behind Jeff Fisher, who took over as head coach of the Tennessee Titans in November 1994.

Shanahan led Denver to back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1998 and 1999 but that success was not enough to save his job after the Broncos became the first team in the NFL to surrender a three game division lead with three games remaining on the schedule.

Shanahan, who according to reports had three years remaining on his 30 million dollar contract, becomes the fourth NFL head coach to lose his job in two days following the firing of Romeo Crennel (Cleveland), Rod Marinelli (Detroit) and Eric Mangini (New York Jets) yesterday.