The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back former owner Eddie DeBartolo.
Current team President and CEO Jed York says he will ask DeBartolo for advice on how to turn the team around. The former owner will be consultant in the search for a new general manager for the team. York indicated that is his top priority.
After the GM is hired, the team will search for a new head coach to replace Mike Singletary who was fired Sunday after the 49ers lost to the St. Louis Rams and were eliminated from the NFL Playoffs.
DeBartolo owned the 49ers for 23 seasons beginning in 1977. With him at the head of the franchise the 49ers won five Super Bowls. Under Bill Walsh and later George Seifert as head coach, San Francisco was the dominate team in professional football for much of the time DeBartolo was in control.
Joe Montana, Ronnie Lott, Steve Young and Jerry Rice won games on the field, and DeBartolo became one of the most successful owners in all of sports. With the 49ers currently one of the worst teams in the league, York is clearly hoping bringing DeBartolo back, even if his role is minimal, will help turn the team back toward its glory days