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The New England Patriots have changed their coach. © APA / BILLIE WEISS

A legendary player becomes the new Patriots coach

One day after parting ways with long-time coach Bill Belichick, the New England Patriots from the US professional football league NFL have found a successor in their own ranks in Jerod Mayo.

The Patriots announced this on Friday (local time). Various US media had previously reported unanimously that Mayo should become the new head coach. It will be officially presented at a press conference next Wednesday.

The 37-year-old played his entire NFL career from 2008 to 2015 as a linebacker for the team from Foxborough, Massachusetts, and won the Super Bowl with the Patriots as captain in 2014. Mayo has been part of Belichick's coaching team since 2019. Loud ESPN Mayo would become the youngest head coach in the NFL.

Bill Belichick is no longer the head coach in Foxborough. © APA/afp / JOSEPH PREZIOSO

The New England Patriots and the 71-year-old successful coach Belichick announced on Thursday that they were going their separate ways. Belichick won the Super Bowl six times with the Patriots, making him the most successful coach in NFL history. But since the departure of star quarterback Tom Brady in 2020, things no longer went as planned and a sporting decline followed. In the current season, the Patriots won only four of 17 games, suffered their worst record since 1992 and missed qualifying for the playoffs.

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