London Broncos can confirm Head Coach Jermaine Coleman and Assistant Coach Jy-mel Coleman have both left the club by mutual consent.
The decision was agreed after the Broncos’ 28-12 reverse to Batley Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon – leaving the Broncos with three points from 12 Betfred Championship fixtures.
Jermaine and Jy-mel joined the Broncos at the beginning of this season and oversaw the club’s transition to playing part-time Rugby League at AFC Wimbledon’s Cherry Red Records Stadium.
London Broncos would like to thank Jermaine and Jy-mel for the time and effort they have placed into the club’s development, and they leave with our very best wishes for the future.
“For the club to realise its true potential in London, the squad requires leadership from a full-time coach,” said Coleman. “Due to work commitments outside Rugby League, this is not something we are able to fulfil.
“This requirement coupled with our recent results mean we feel now is the right time for a new full-time leader to be appointed.”
“We have shown so much dedication and commitment to our roles on top of our full-time employment outside Rugby League. Through our tenure this is not something that can ever be questioned, especially Jy-mel who decided to leave his full-time job in February to commit to his role with the Broncos. I would like to thank him for all the support he has provided me and the team this season.
“The results of this season should not mask the club’s long-term vision to re-establish itself in Super League and become a beating heart of the Wimbledon community. We hope our successor can contribute towards this goal and experiences the benefit of the club’s outstanding and committed fanbase who we shall miss.”
David Hughes, London Broncos Chairman, added: “On behalf of everyone at London Broncos, I would like to thank Jermaine and Jy-mel for all they have done during their time at the club.
“We wish them both every success in the future. Results this season have been below what we expect, and we share the frustration of our supporters.
“Consequently, we are committing to recruiting a full-time coach in the coming weeks who can help to fulfil our long-term objectives and support the club’s success on and off the pitch.”
The club has placed on record its thanks to Head of Performance Mike Eccles, who will take over coaching the Broncos on an interim basis.