Paul Gallen has told Cronulla officials it isn’t too late to hire an interim coach for the rest of 2014 to replace a reluctant Peter Sharp.
Sharp, assistant coach at the club, was handed the reigns of the Shire outfit when Stuart Flanagan was suspended for a year for his alleged role in the 2011 supplements scandal.
When he took over the coaching position, Sharp had made it clear he was reluctant to fill the void, and Gallen says the Sharks players have picked up on that lack of passion.
“To me the players are like school kids,” Gallen told radio station, Triple M.
If you can turn up on Monday and the coach isn’t going to rouse on you for not having a good game, I don’t think you’re going to put 100 per cent in.”
He said he didn’t blame Sharp for the situation, specifying the interim coach had been thrown in the deep end by being given a task he didn’t want.
Sharp has also had to contend with the ongoing pressure created by the ASADA investigation.
The stand in coach certainly seemed passionate at half time on Saturday as the sharks were held scoreless, footage showing a red faced Sharp giving the Sharks players a spray.
Gallen said he didn’t believe it was too late for a new coach to take up the position, with the Sharks desperate to avoid the wooden spoon.
Brett Kimmorley is seen as one option to tide the Sharks over until the return of Flanagan next year.
Kimmorley is currently the assistant coach at the Canberra Raiders.
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