The Kansas City Chiefs have formally announced the hiring of Scott Pioli as general manager today, and will formally hold a press conference to introduce Pioli on Wednesday.

Pioli had been the front office chief for the New England Patriots, a two-time Sporting News Executive of the Year, worked hand-in-hand with Coach Bill Belichick over the last nine years, winning six AFC East titles, four AFC crowns and three Super Bowl championships.

Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft support the Kanasas City Chief saying He[Scott ] is thorough in his evaluations, extremely organized and has done a tremendous job mining all possible resources to help Coach Belichick and his staff field the players needed to win consistently. He has played an important role in building a championship tradition with players that I am proud to call Patriots.

On behalf of the entire Patriots organization, I wish Scott continued success in his new role and offer best wishes to his wonderful wife Dallas, and their beautiful daughter Mia. I think Clark Hunt and the Kansas City Chiefs have made a very wise hire, Kraft continued.

A news conference will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday to introduce Pioli. He will have the final say over all football operations at Arrowhead Stadium, reporting to Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt.

The arrival of Pioli in Kansas City signals a ray of hope for a franchise desperately in need of a change at the top.