Mike Singletary's term as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers ended Sunday night when the team announced he was relieved of his duties, just hours after the team was eliminated from the NFC West race.
Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula was named interim coach and will coach the team next Sunday in its final regular-season game. Tomsula is in his fourth season with the 49ers.
The team said team president Jed York will join Tomsula for a press conference Monday at team headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.
York made it clear he was unhappy with the team's 5-10 record after it was eliminated from the playoff picture in a 25-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. York said the team would begin a search for a general manager, which essentially means a new regime, including a coaching staff, will be hired.
Sources said Singletary was asked to resign but refused, forcing York to fire him.
In a statement released through the team, Singletary said: ""One of the greatest experiences of my life was having the opportunity to coach the San Francisco 49ers. What made it so special were the players. They were some of the most outstanding men I have ever been around in my life. The coaches were truly professionals. I wish the 49ers nothing but the best. I am thankful to the York family for having given me the opportunity to be a head coach in the NFL. I am indebted to them for that. I am also thankful for the Faithful fans, I am just sorry I couldn't give them more."
York said in a statement: "I want to thank Mike Singletary for the passion and effort that he brought to this organization. He is a tremendous person for whom I will always have great respect."