Raiders head coach Kiffin fired

NEW YORK Tue Sep 30, 2008 3:40pm EDT

Lane Kiffin holds a news conference after being introduced as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders football team in Alameda, California, January 23, 2007. REUTERS/Kimberly White

Lane Kiffin holds a news conference after being introduced as the head coach for the Oakland Raiders football team in Alameda, California, January 23, 2007.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Lane Kiffin after weeks of speculation over his future.

In a statement on Tuesday the club said Kiffin had been sacked. Oakland are 1-3 this year and tied for last place in the AFC West.

Rumors have swirled in the media over the past few weeks that Kiffin was about to be fired and that Raiders owner Al Davis had been interviewing prospective coaches for the head coaching job.

Kiffin led the Raiders to a 4-12 record last season. No successor was named but the Raiders were scheduled to hold a news conference on Tuesday.

(Writing by Steve Ginsburg in Washington; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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