Batley part company with Diskin

Batley have parted company with head coach Matt Diskin after three years in charge at the club.

The Bulldogs have won just eight Championship matches this season and ended the campaign in 10th position.

In a statement the club titled “Time for a change at the Bulldogs” they revealed that assistant coach Lee St. Hilaire will also depart Mount Pleasant.

The statement reads: “Following an initial 3 year period, Batley Bulldogs feel it is the right time for a change of direction at the club and Matt Diskin will leave his role as Head Coach with immediate effect.

“In his first season at the club The Bulldogs reached the Championship Shield semi final. The 2017 campaign finshed with a flourish as the side registered 6 wins from the final 7 games, but 2019 has been a difficult year for the club both on and off the field.

“Matt’s effort and commitment to the club cannot be questioned and he leaves a legacy of improvements, including the new player’s gym, behind which he was a driving force after taking charge of the team. Through the recent most difficult times off the field,  Matt has been a credit to the club and himself in the way he has handled the situation. He will leave with our sincere thanks and appreciation for all he has done at Batley Bulldogs.

“Assistant Coach Lee St. Hilaire had also recently expressed a desire to spend more time with his family, and decided he would be leaving his role at the club. As with Matt, our thanks and best wishes go to Lee for his outstanding work and professionalism over the past 3 years.”