Gruden named Redskins coach

The Washington Redskins have confirmed that Jay Gruden has been appointed as their new head coach.

The 46-year-old, who has spent the last three seasons as offensive co-ordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals, is believed to have agreed terms on a five-year contract.

Gruden has been hired to replace Mike Shanahan, was was sacked on "Black Monday" after the Redskins finished the regular season with a 3-13 record - the second-worst in the NFL after Houston.

Gruden, whose brother Jon won the Super Bowl as head coach with Tampa Bay, helped develop Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and now has the chance to work with franchise player Robert Griffin III.

He was also interviewed for the coaching vacancy at Tennessee earlier this week, and at least two other NFL teams were believed to have made Gruden their No 1 target.

Redskins general manager Bruce Allen had a long working relationship with Jon Gruden at Tampa Bay.

Defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett is expected to retain his role having previously worked with Gruden at the Florida Tuskers in the UFL, while tight ends coach Sean McVay has been tipped to take over as offensive co-ordinator.

The Redskins also interviewed New York Giants defensive co-ordinator Perry Fewell, Baltimore Ravens OC Jim Caldwell and Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia before opting for Gruden.