Steve Price’s tumultuous tenure as head coach of the St George Illawarra Dragons came to an end today when he was sacked by the club, replaced for the rest of 2014 by assistant coach Paul McGregor.
Price was handed a one year extension last year with an option for 2015, but today the board decided not to exercise this clause and felt it was best if a change was made immediately, with the Dragons languishing in 13th position.
The move ends a 13 year association with the Dragons for Price,beginning as the Dragons’ Jersey Flegg assistant coach in 2002, to assisting Wayne Bennett between the golden years of 2009-2011, including the 2010 premiership and the 2011 World Club Challenge in which Price took the team over to England and orchestrated a 21-15 triumph over the Wigan Warriors.
During his time as head coach, Price won 22 out of his 52 matches in charge, for a success rate of just 39%. Under Price, the Dragons missed the finals in consecutive seasons for the first time ever in the joint venture’s history.
McGregor is a former Illawarra Steelers legend who also played with distinction for Country, NSW and Australia during the 1990’s and was co-captain alongside Mark Coyne during the Dragons’ inaugural 1999 season. He coached local side Wests Illawarra to three straight Illawarra Coal League titles between 2009-2011 and was the coach of the Illawarra Cutters NSW Cup side in 2012 and 2013.