Chiefs, GM Scott Pioli Part Ways

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the club and General Manager Scott Pioli have mutually agreed to part ways.

"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.

Read the full release from the Kansas City Chiefs here 

Pioli released the following statement through the team:

"I would like to thank Norma, Clark and the Hunt Family for the opportunity that they gave me four years ago. I'd also like to thank the players, coaches, scouts and countless other employees, throughout the organization and at Arrowhead Stadium that have worked so hard during my time here. I would also like to genuinely thank Chiefs fans.

"The bottom line is that I did not accomplish all of what I set out to do. To the Hunt family -- to the great fans of the Kansas City Chiefs -- to the players, all employees and alumni, I truly apologize for not getting the job done."

Monday, the Chiefs announced the firing of head coach Romeo Crennel.  Thursday, numerous reports in Kansas City said the Chiefs are on the verge of hiring Andy Reid as the team's new football coach.

(some material for this story from and Ryan Wilson, blogger for

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