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Scott Pioli is no longer the Kansas City Chiefs GM. The Chiefs have announced that Pioli is out as GM, which strongly suggests a deal with Andy Reid is getting very close. You can follow all of the Chiefs GM search updates here.
Scott Pioli and the Kansas City Chiefs have parted ways, according to 810 WHB in Kansas City. In other words, he's been fired.
This is being reportedly widely now:
Scott Pioli and the Chiefs have parted ways, he is OUT in Kansas City— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 4, 2013
Chiefs have fired GM Scott Pioli. Translation: Paving the way for Andy Reid's arrival. Filed to ESPN.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 4, 2013
Scott Pioli is out as Chiefs general manager.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) January 4, 2013
Per source, Scott Pioli is out as Chiefs G.M.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 4, 2013
"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."
"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."