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Andy Reid fired as Eagles coach

Andy Reid fired as Eagles coach
New York Giants Coach Tom Coughlin (L) and Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid meet on the field after the game Sunday. The Giants defeated the Eagles 42-7 and Reid was fired Monday as the Eagles' coach. UPI /John Angelillo | License Photo

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Andy Reid has been fired after 14 seasons as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, the team said Monday.

Philadelphia was 4-12 this season, its worst record since Reid, 54, took over the team in 1999.

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The Eagles closed the season with a 42-7 loss to the New York Giants Sunday.

Reid built a 130-93-1 record and coached the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX, which was won by the New England Patriots. His teams made the playoffs nine times but missed qualifying for the post-season each of the last two seasons.

"Andy Reid won the most games of any head coach in Eagles history and he is someone I respect greatly and will remain friends with for many years to come," Eagles Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Lurie said. "But, it is time for the Eagles to move in a new direction. Coach Reid leaves us with a winning tradition that we can build upon. And we are very excited about the future."

NFL.com reported Sunday that Reid was informed of the pending coaching change in a meeting Friday with Lurie.

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"Whatever he chooses will be the right thing," Reid said in the NFL.com report. "He's always done things for the best interest of the Eagles and I completely understand either way."

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