Shane Flanagan resigns as Cronulla Sharks coach

CRONULLA Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan has resigned from the top job, effective immediately.

The premiership-winning coach and the club confirmed the news in a statement on Monday.

“Shane was our first premiership winning coach, he is the Coach of our Team of the Half Century and he has given exceptional service and dedication to our Club,” Sharks Chairman Dino Mezzatesta said.


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“He worked tirelessly to build our team and our Club into a competitive force and he will forever hold a special place in the Club’s history.

“While disappointed his tenure at the Sharks will come to an end, Shane can look back with pride on some outstanding achievements during his time at the helm,” Mezzatesta said.

It comes a month after the NRL issued Flanagan with a notice of intention to cancel his registration after he allegedly breached the conditions of his 2014 suspension.

The 53-year-old says resigning from the head coaching role at Cronulla was “one of the toughest decisions of my 36-year rugby league career.”

“The last month has taken an enormous mental and emotional toll on my family and myself,” he said.

“I intend on responding to the notice issued by the NRL, however I have made this decision in the best interests of the entire club and the players to allow the best possible preparation for the 2019 season without constant speculation and uncertainty as to who their Head Coach will be.”

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