MIAMI -

The Miami Dolphins want an experienced general manager to fill the vacancy left by Jeff Ireland, president and CEO Tom Garfinkel said Wednesday at a Greater Chamber of Commerce event.

Ireland and owner Stephen Ross mutually agreed to part ways, according to a brief announcement made by Ross on Tuesday. The general manager had been unpopular with fans for several years, and a late-season collapse by the team last month left his job in jeopardy.

The Dolphins, who finished 8-8, said they would conduct an immediate search for a replacement to lead football operations.

"Someone with a lot of experience evaluating talent, proven track record of evaluating talent, a football person -- that's going to be the first criteria -- someone with a lot of intellect, collaborative team player, someone who is creative and open-minded," said Garfinkel.

Garfinkel said interviews would begin Friday.

"We're putting together a list of candidates now," he said, adding that coach Joe Philbin is expected to stay.

"I know that Steve has a lot of confidence in Joe and Joe's our head coach," said Garfinkel.

Still to be determined is Ireland's role in a locker-room bullying scandal that drew national scrutiny. The NFL has yet to release a report on its investigation into the case.