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49ers fire coach Nolan, give job to assistant Singletary

Updated: October 21, 2008, 3:29 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

Seven games into the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers fired head coach Mike Nolan on Monday.

Assistant head coach Mike Singletary will be the interim head coach, general manager Scot McCloughan said. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported the two sides are working on a suitable contract for a head-coaching position.

"The decision was difficult, because Mike has been both a friend and a valued coach of our team," said McCloughan, who was hired by Nolan but gained authority over the coach ...

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