PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Eddie Jordan was sacked as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday, just hours after the team failed to reach the playoffs for the first time in three years.

"Decisions of this nature are never easy but I am making this change because I didn't feel significant progress was being made either end of the court," said president and general manager Ed Stefanski on the team's website (www.nba.com/sixers).

"As the season progressed it became increasingly clear to me this was necessary in order to provide a new direction for our team and gain more continuity."

Jordan lasted just one season in Philadelphia, finishing with a record of 27-55 as he left the 76ers in 13th position among 15 teams in the Eastern Conference and 14 games out of a playoff spot.

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