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Report: Walsh to return as 49ers' GM

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Posted: Tuesday January 19, 1999 09:23 AM

  Walsh: "I am very excited about joining the 49ers and bringing them back to the top of the National Football League" Mike Powell/Allsport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Bill Walsh will return to the San Francisco 49ers next season as general manager, ABC Sports Radio reported Tuesday.

Walsh, the Hall of Fame coach who led San Francisco to its first three Super Bowls, made the announcement from his home late Monday, ABC said.

"I have great loyalty to [owner] Ed DeBartolo and the San Francisco 49ers and believe they need me at this time," he said.

"I'm very excited about joining the 49ers and bringing them back to the top of the National Football League."

Walsh's return had been expected since coach Steve Mariucci's announcement last week that talks were in the works. Walsh said his deal was long-term, but would not elaborate on its terms.

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