Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera will be back for the 2013 season, a team spokesman said.

Rivera and team owner Jerry Richardson agreed to keep working together for a third season, Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said.

The head coach is "going about normal preparations for next season," Dayton said.

Rivera's fate was up in the air after the Panthers went 7-9 this season, but Richardson decided the head coach had done a good job with the team.

Richardson fired general manager Marty Hurney after the Panthers got off to a 1-5 start. EFE