Wilfredo Lee, Associated Press
Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles, right, talks with free safety Reshad Jones during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami.

MIAMI — Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland has confirmed the team's search for a new coach is under way.

Tony Sparano was fired Dec. 12, and interim coach Todd Bowles is a long shot for the job. A front-runner has yet to surface, and in a statement released Monday, Ireland said there's no timetable for hiring a replacement.

The Dolphins, who lost their first seven games, beat the New York Jets on Sunday to finish 6-10. The Dolphins have endured three consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the 1960s, and they've made the playoffs only once in the past decade.

The next coach will be Miami's seventh since the start of the 2004 season.