Detroit Lions fired General Manager Martin Mayhew and President Tom Lewand

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Marta Ford, Detroit Lions owner announced the family decided on Thursday to fire team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew, following the team’s 1-7 disappointing start this season.

Even though Mayhew said the franchise would buy players, the deadline arrived and no changes were made. The lions also lost 45-10 on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs in London.

“We are very disappointed with the results of the season so far,” Ford said during her statement Thursday. “And believe a change in leadership was necessary.”

Sheldon White, The Lions’ vice president of pro personnel, will be promoted to interim general manager, and chief financial officer Allison Maki will be the acting chief operating officer. Both of them will report back to Ford, who told Lions coach Jim Caldwell the franchise would not make coaching staff changes.

Before this, the Lions fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and offensive line coaches Jeremiah Washburn and Terry Heffernan.

“I want to assure our fans that we intend to identify and hire the very best leadership in order to produce a consistently winning football team,” Ford said. “Our fans deserve a winning football team. And we will do everything possible to make it a reality.

“I also want to make it clear that we have no intention of giving up on the season. We expect our team to compete and improve and win.”

After her statement, Ford took no questions.

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