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ST. LOUIS — The San Francisco 49ers’ eighth consecutive season without a playoff appearance has cost Mike Singletary his job as the team’s head coach.

The 49ers announced the firing Sunday night after the team returned to its headquarters following a 25-17 defeat to the St. Louis Rams earlier in the day.

The defeat eliminated the 49ers from playoff contention, marking their eighth consecutive year without a postseason appearance. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will coach the team’s game against Arizona in at Candlestick Park in Week 17.

Singletary, 52, went 5-10 this season and 8-8 in 2009, his first as head coach in full. He posted a 5-4 record as interim coach after the team fired Mike Nolan during the 2008 season.

Team president Jed York told reporters after the 49ers’ loss Sunday that the team would hire a general manager.

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