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The Oakland Raiders have relieved Dennis Allen of his duties as head coach, General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Tuesday.

“After thorough evaluation, we have determined to move in another direction,” said McKenzie. “We appreciate Dennis Allen’s dedication to the organization and wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future.”

Allen, 42, was named head coach in January 2012, and posted an 8-28 mark in 36 games at the helm. The Raiders are currently 0-4 entering this week’s bye.

The Oakland Raiders have named Tony Sparano as the team’s interim head coach, Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie announced Tuesday. Sparano becomes the team’s 19th head coach and fifth interim head coach in franchise history. Sparano takes over after serving as Oakland’s assistant head coach/offensive line since joining the team in 2013.

Sparano brings 31 years of coaching experience to the job, including 16 at the NFL level and nine combined seasons as a head coach at the college and NFL level.

“Tony Sparano has a strong presence in this organization,” said McKenzie. “His experience and leadership qualities will serve the team well in helping reach the goal of everyone here, which is to win football games.”


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