Charlotte Hornets fire coach Steve Clifford

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford has been relieved of his duties after five seasons. More

Steve Clifford is out as Hornets head coach.

The Hornets were 36-46 in 2017-18 and Clifford becomes the third National Basketball Association coach to be fired since the regular season ended on Wednesday, joining the New York Knicks' Jeff Hornacek and the Orlando Magic's Frank Vogel.

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In February, Hornets chairman Michael Jordan announced the team would not extend the contract of former general manager Rich Cho, leading to Kupchak's hiring. He acknowledged that the Hornets "didn't make good progress" this year. They reached the playoffs twice, but failed to make it out of the first round in 2014 and 2016.

The Hornets were 196-214 in five seasons under Clifford.

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"I don't have my head in the sand (as far as) what this head coaching is all about", Clifford said of expectations to win.

"I know he has worked incredibly hard on behalf of the organisation and we wish him the best moving forward". The Hornets finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 36-46 record.

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Charlotte joins several teams in the hunt for a new head coach, including the New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies.

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