Chip Kelly appointed as new head coach of Philadelphia Eagles

Last Updated: 16/01/13 7:19pm

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Chip Kelly: New head coach at Philadelphia

Chip Kelly: New head coach at Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Eagles have appointed Chip Kelly as their new coach.

The 49-year-old former University of Oregon head coach replaces Andy Reid, who was sacked last month after 14 seasons with the Eagles and subsequently named head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

"Chip Kelly will be an outstanding head coach for the Eagles," owner Jeffrey Lurie said.

"He has a brilliant football mind. He motivates his team with his actions as well as his words. He will be a great leader for us and will bring a fresh energetic approach to our team."

Kelly was 46-7 in four years with the Ducks and led them to victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl this year.

He had previously indicated that he would stay with his college team.

He was also close to joining the Cleveland Browns after being interviewed at the start of the year and he also held talks with Buffalo.

The Eagles also reportedly interviewed Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly but both decided to stay with their current teams.

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