Hull FC took rugby league by surprise this afternoon when it was announced that they had parted ways with head coach Brett Hodgson after two seasons in charge.
Hodgson guided the Black and Whites to eighth in 2021 but finished ninth this year, prompting chairman Adam Pearson and the board to move in a different direction.
A new head coach will be appointed in the near future to ensure they have a full pre-season to prepare the squad for the 2023 campaign.
Hull FC Chairman, Adam Pearson, said: “On behalf of the board, staff and supporters of Hull FC, I would like to thank Brett for the commitment and dignity he has demonstrated during his two years with the club.
“Brett joined us during a period of transition and the disruption caused by Covid-19, as well as facing further challenges presented by injuries and suspensions.
“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a focused shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior squad, but also someone who will continue to embrace our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team.
“We are encouraged by the progress of our academy and Centre of Excellence programme, plus the investment in a new multi-million pound training centre – but we recognise that delivering a competitive team on a consistent basis at first-team level is crucial to underpinning everything at the club.
“We are confident of making a prompt appointment following the recruitment process and remain focused on improving performance at first-team level to meet the expectation of our supporters and stakeholders.
“I would like to thank all of our members, supporters and corporate partners for their continued unwavering support.”
The fact that Pearson mentions a ‘prompt appointment’ suggests that Hull will certainly not be waiting around to make the rebuilding stage as smooth as possible.
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