Hull KR have sacked head coach Craig Sandercock.
The club announced on Thursday night Sandercock’s contract had been terminated with immediate effect and he will be replaced by his former assistant Chris Chester until the end of the season.
Sandercock becomes the 3rd Super League head coach to have lost his job in the past month following Richard Agar’s departure from Wakefield and Francis Cummins’ sacking at Bradford.
Sandercock replaced Justin Morgan as Hull KR head coach in October 2011 and guided the Robins to 10th place in his first season in charge. He fared better last season, securing a play-off place before the Robins were eliminated in the first round by St Helens.
Rovers could still grab a play-off spot this year, currently lying in 9th place and 3 points behind Widnes with a game in hand.
It had been reported in recent weeks that Sandercock was in negotiations with Rovers Chairman Neil Hudgell over a new contract, but after talks broke down and it became apparent the Australian coach wouldn’t be in charge next season, the board decided to make the change more immediate.
A club statement said: “The club has made the decision not to renew Craig’s contract in 2015 and, with that in mind, have placed Chris Chester in charge of first-team duties initially until the end of the season whilst a full review of all off-field operations is carried out. The club would like to thank Craig for all his hard work over the last three years and wishes him well in the future.”
Chris Chester will now make the step up from assistant coach on a temporary basis and faces a tough first game in charge as the Robins welcome table toppers St Helens to Craven Park on Sunday.