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Raiders return from London, nothing new on coach Allen’s status

The Raiders returned home Monday from a disastrous road trip to England, with owner Mark Davis and general manager Reggie McKenzie still silent about coach Dennis Allen’s job status.
The Raiders are 0-4 this season and 8-28 during Allen’s tenure. McKenzie hired Allen in 2012 as the replacement for Hue Jackson, who was fired by McKenzie and Davis after an 8-8 campaign.
Allen is scheduled to conduct his weekly news conference Tuesday at 2 p.m. Davis and McKenzie don’t have any immediate plans to discuss Allen’s future.
The Raiders plane arrived in Oakland from London on Monday afternoon. Davis did not return several phone calls. Allen wasn’t available for comment.
On Sunday, Allen said “that’s not my concern right now,” when asked about his job status.
If a change were to be made during the season, this is the ideal time to do so; given the Raiders don’t play Sunday and a new coach would have the better part of two weeks to acclimate to his new role.
Offensive line coach Tony Sparano and offensive coordinator Greg Olson are the logical candidates from the Raiders staff. Sparano coached the Miami Dolphins from 2008-11.
Sparano has coached the Raiders offensive line the past two seasons. He also was a college head coach at New Haven from 1994-98.
The Raiders made an in-season coaching change only twice since the AFL and NFL merged. Both times, it was Davis’ late father Al who did the firing.
In 1989, he fired Mike Shanahan four games into the season. He did likewise with Lane Kiffin in 2008.
Those firings had just as much to do with Al Davis feuding with his coaches as it did with the team’s on-field performance. Mark Davis is adamant about letting McKenzie do most of the communicating with Allen.

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