New Orleans Saints: Sean Payton leaves after 16 years as head coach


Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after his team defeated the Indianapolis Colts at the 2009 Super Bowl

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Payton lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy after the Saints’ first ever Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts in 2010

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has announced his departure after 16 years in charge.

Payton, 58, took over in New Orleans in 2006, just months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

He oversaw a remarkable turnaround, turning a losing side into Super Bowl champions in the 2009 season.

The Saints narrowly missed out on this year’s playoffs despite posting a 9-8…