By Eric Schmidt

In a move that should signify the pending signing of Andy Reid as the head coach, the Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways with general manager Scott Pioli. The team is announcing that the move in a mutual agreement between the club and Pioli. Pioli has served as the Chiefs general manager for four seasons. The Chiefs have been locked in tight negotiations with Reid for the last two days, and this move signifies that an announcement could be made at any time now, naming him as the team’s head coach for the 2013 season. Rumors have suggested that Reid would like to add recently fired Tom Heckert as the new Chiefs general manager.

From the Kansas City Chiefs official statement regarding Pioli’s release-

“After several productive conversations, we made the difficult decision to part ways with Scott Pioli and allow him to pursue other opportunities,” Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. “Scott has been an invaluable member of the Chiefs family since joining us in 2009, and we sincerely appreciate his tremendous contributions over the last four years.

“I know that this was a difficult decision for Scott as well. He has a great deal of appreciation for the history of this franchise, for our players, coaches and employees, and especially our great fans.

“There is no way to overstate the level of respect and admiration I have for Scott on a personal level. His character, loyalty, integrity and commitment to a team are extraordinary, and throughout the last four years, he has consistently put the best interests of the Chiefs ahead of his own. I know he will go on to enjoy further success in the National Football League, and I certainly wish him the best in the future.”

 

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