NFL: Carolina Panthers fire GM Marty Hurney after poor start to the season
Last Updated: 22/10/12 5:40pm
Marty Hurney: Has been fired by Panthers after barren spell in recent years
The Carolina Panthers have fired general manager Marty Hurney after a torrid start to the season which has seen them lose five out their first six games.
Hurney had been in the role since 2002, being a prominent part of the set-up which achieved a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the 2003 season.
Team owner Jerry Richardson said it was an "extremely difficult" decision to relieve Hurney of his duties but made the change due to the lack of recent success.
"Marty made every effort to bring success to the Panthers and took the team to a Super Bowl and two NFC championship games," Richardson said.
"Unfortunately, we have not enjoyed the success we hoped for in recent years. I have the greatest respect and admiration for Marty and will always appreciate the way he tirelessly served the organization."
The Panthers have not reached the play-offs since 2008 and posted the worst record in the NFL two years ago.
That led to them selecting Cam Newton with the first overall pick of the 2011 draft and the quarterback, now in his second year, called for change following Sunday's defeat to the Dallas Cowboys.
"This taste, this vibe - I'm not buying it, man. And I don't know what it is, but something's going to have to change. Something's going to have to change real fast," Newton said after the game.