The Niners issued a statement shortly after Sunday’s 20-17 season-ending victory over the Arizona Cardinals, confirming their split with head coach Jim Harbaugh saying that they already have begun their search for another head coach.
“Jim and I have come to the conclusion that it is in our mutual best interest to move in different directions,” York said in the statement. “We thank Jim for bringing a tremendous competitive nature and a great passion for the game to the 49ers. He and his staff restored a winning culture that has been the standard for our franchise throughout its history. Their commitment and hard work resulted in a period of success that should be looked back on proudly by our organization and our fans. We wish Jim and his family all the best.“
Harbaugh said in a 20-minute news conference following the game: “I did. I really did. I had a lot of fun. It’s the relationships that were made along the way. That’s what a team is. And I appreciate the fans, the people of the Bay Area, the 49er Faithful. All the good times that we’ve had. I think it’s been really good and fantastic. Players, coaches, staff, friends for life.“
Niners CEO Jed York and general manager Trent Baalke will hold a news conference at 1 p.m. PT on Monday.