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Gruden returns to Oakland as Raiders head coach

After spending four years as head coach of the Oakland Raiders between 1998 and 2001, Jon Gruden is back.

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07 Jan 2018, 08:40 IST
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Jon Gruden

Jon Gruden has returned to the Oakland Raiders after his appointment as head coach on Saturday.

After Gruden worked on ESPN's broadcast of the Tennessee Titans' win over the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL wildcard clash, the Raiders announced Gruden as their coach.

Gruden's new contract is expected to be a 10-year deal worth $100million ahead of his introduction on Tuesday.

The Raiders fired Jack Del Rio following a 6-10 season as rumours team owner Mark Davis had targeted Gruden – who was head coach between 1998 and 2001 – to replace Del Rio. 

Oakland touted Gruden's hire as "unfinished business" after Gruden went 38-26 in four seasons.

Gruden was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and won the Super Bowl in his first season, beating the Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII.

The 54-year-old spent seven seasons as the Bucs coach, but was fired following the 2008 campaign after a 9-7 term. He compiled a 57-55 record in Tampa and has worked for ESPN since 2009. 

According to reports, Gruden already has plans to hire Los Angeles Rams quarterbacks coach Greg Olson as his offensive coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Paul Guenther for the same role in Oakland, and Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia as special teams coordinator.

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