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Dennis Allen fired by winless Oakland Raiders

Dennis Allen
Oakland Raiders Coach Dennis Allen has been fired in the wake of the team’s winless start to the season.
(Lefteris Pitarakis / Associated Press)

The Oakland Raiders have fired Coach Dennis Allen after four games into the 2014 season, a team official told The Times on Monday night.

The Raiders are winless this season, losing to the New York Jets, Houston Texans, New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins.

Allen was four games into his third year as coach. He did not have a winning season in Oakland, posting an 8-28 record with the team. The Raiders have lost their last 10 games dating back to last season.

Allen replaced Hue Jackson, who was fired by the team after the 2011 season. He was Oakland’s seventh head coach since the franchise traded coach Jon Gruden to Tampa Bay in 2001.

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The Raiders, heading into their off week after playing Sunday in London, have not announced an interim coach, although team spokesman Will Kiss said an official announcement is expected Tuesday.

Two of Oakland’s assistants have experience as NFL head coaches: Tony Sparano, assistant head coach/offensive line, and Al Saunders, senior offensive assistant.

Times staff writer Sam Farmer contributed to this report.

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