Eagles hire Pederson as new head coach


The Philadelphia Eagles have appointed Doug Pederson as their new head coach.

Pederson had been serving as the offensive co-ordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs, who were eliminated from the playoffs with a 27-20 defeat to the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday.

His hiring as the replacement for Chip Kelly - who was fired before Philadelphia's regular-season finale and has since been hired as the San Francisco 49ers head coach - had been widely reported, although the Eagles were not allowed to make it official prior to the Chiefs' elimination.

Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie told their official website: "We are excited to introduce Doug Pederson as our new head coach.

"Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players.

"All of these factors were what initially attracted us to Doug and we believe that he is the right man to help us achieve our ultimate goal."

The 47-year-old has worked under former Eagles head coach Andy Reid with the Chiefs since 2013.

He had previously worked for the Eagles during Reid's tenure, serving as the offensive quality control co-ordinator from 2009 to 2010 and quarterbacks coach from 2011 to 2012.