Hull KR reveal Tony Smith’s announcement took them by surprise

Hull KR have released a statement announcing Tony Smith’s departure from the club.

The club said: “Hull KR can confirm Tony Smith will leave the club at the end of the season.

“Much to our surprise during his weekly press conference, Tony announced his intention to bring the curtain down on his two-and-a-half-year reign at the Robins.

“We will now fully focus on ensuring we appoint a Head Coach for 2023 and beyond who builds on all the positive momentum and progress the club has made over the last two seasons.

“This season offers plenty of promise, we know the character and quality of our playing and coaching squad will ensure we give everything to make 2022 a great season.”

Smith himself revealed how he had come to the decision.

“I’m trying to do the right thing and moving on,” Smith said.

“I haven’t been forced out and it’s not financial. It’s more of a higher level with how businesses should operate and how connected we all should be.

“When you’ve got some people who don’t se eye to eye or don’t pull in the same direction or the trust you need to have, that affects the business and it’s not healthy.

“So, for those reasons something has got to give and I will move on and allow the club to get a more appropriate person for the position.”

It’s a big blow for Hull KR who have been turned around by former Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants boss from relegation candidates to play-off hunters.

After nearly three seasons at the helm at Craven Park, Smith has rebuilt the Rovers side, bringing in excellent signings from the Championship like Elliot Minchella, Matty Storton and Frankie Halton whilst balancing the team with NRL pedigree from Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Matt Parcell.

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