The Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks have endured a horror 48 hours following interim coach Peter Sharp’s resignation, effective immediately.
Sharp’s decision comes in the wake of the sacking of star five eighth Todd Carney, following the release of a lewd photograph over the weekend.
Under Sharp, who admitted when he took the role that he was a reluctant coach, the Sharks managed just 3 wins from fourteen matches and they remain anchored to the bottom of the NRL ladder. They also became the first team in history to be held scoreless over three consecutive matches before bouncing back with an upset win over the Brisbane Broncos last Friday night.
Sharp thanked the club for the opportunities as both assistant coach and head coach, but felt his decision was in the best interest of the club, who are struggling both on and off the field.
Sharks CEO Steve Noyce said the club appreciated Sharp’s efforts in what has been a difficult season and felt it was fitting that his last match in charge was the comeback victory over the Broncos.
The Sharks approached Tim Sheens, who currently coaches the Australian team, but he declined their offer.
With the Sharks simply making up the numbers for the remainder of the season and former head coach Shane Flanagan’s suspension due to expire in September, it would be difficult to entice someone from outside the club to take the reins for their remaining 10 matches.