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Chicago Bears hire John Fox as new head coach

John Fox has been handed a speedy return to the NFL as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

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John Fox, who parted company with the Denver Broncos on Monday, has made a speedy return to the NFL as the new head coach of the Chicago Bears.

Fox exited Denver by mutual agreement at the beginning of the week, following the franchise's 24-13 defeat to Indianapolis Colts in the AFC divisional play-offs.

Having guided the Broncos to the AFC West title in each of his four seasons in charge, the 59-year-old will now seek to mastermind an upturn in fortunes for the Bears, who ended the 2014 season with a disappointing 5-11 record.

Marc Trestman paid the price for Chicago's poor campaign when he was fired on December 29.

Fox was one of six candidates interviewed for the role of head coach and beat off competition from the likes of Todd Bowles, who has since taken charge of the New York Jets, and former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone.

Prior to coaching Denver, Fox spent eight years with the Carolina Panthers, guiding the franchise to the Super Bowl in his second season in charge despite inheriting a team that had gone 1-15 in 2001.

He returned to the Super Bowl earlier this year, but saw Denver suffer a 43-8 thumping at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks.

One of six coaches in NFL history to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl, Fox will be officially presented by the Bears on Monday.

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