Robert Saleh: New York Jets set to appoint first Muslim head coach in NFL

Robert Saleh gives a team talk
Saleh's work at the San Francisco 49ers' has drawn praise and they reached the Super Bowl in 2019

The New York Jets are set to appoint San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator Robert Saleh as head coach, a move which would make him the first Muslim to take charge of an NFL team.

Saleh, 41, has been with the 49ers since 2017 and has also worked for teams including the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Seattle Seahawks and the Houston Texans.

The Jets fired Adam Gase as head coach after defeat by the New England Patriots.

They said they had "agreed in principle" for Saleh to take charge.

"Saleh will become the Jets' 20th head coach in franchise history and their 18th coach appointed to take Green and White reins before the start of a new season," the Jets posted on their website.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, a civil rights group, said Saleh would be the third Arab-American head coach in the NFL after Abe Gibron and Rich Kotite, but would be the first ever Muslim Head Coach

The appointment has been welcomed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights body, reported the US news network NBC.

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have named Urban Meyer as their new head coach, replacing Doug Marrone.

The 56-year-old announced his retirement from coaching in 2018 but makes his return as the Jaguars' sixth permanent head coach in their 27 seasons.

He is one of just three coaches to win a national championship at two different universities.

"Urban Meyer is who we want and need, a leader, a winner and champion who demands excellence and produces results," said Jaguars owner Shahid Khan.

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