Leeds Rhinos have sacked head coach David Furner, who had been in charge for only 14 Super League games.
Leeds are third-from-bottom of Super League after just four league wins this season – Furner’s first in charge.
The 47-year-old moved to the role during the winter, having been assistant at South Sydney Rabbitohs.
As a player, the Australian made 47 appearances as a forward for Rhinos and was part of the side that won the Super League Grand Final in 2004.
Richard Agar will act as interim head coach until a permanent replacement for Furner is found.
‘Fresh direction’ needed
“This was a very difficult decision and not one we have taken lightly,” said director of rugby Kevin Sinfield, who met Furner along with chief executive Gary Hetherington over the weekend.
“David was an outstanding candidate to be our head coach and was my first choice for the job.
“Unfortunately, we have not started the season as we had all hoped and action was needed to move in a fresh direction with this group of players this season.”
More to follow.