St Helens have sacked head coach Keiron Cunningham after a disappointing start to the new season.
The decision comes just days before one of the biggest games of the season against Wigan on Good Friday.
Saints surrendered a 14-0 lead to Huddersfield on Friday night and sit seventh in the Super League table with just three wins from eight matches.
After a glittering career at the club and having served time in the backroom staff, Cunningham took over as head coach ahead of the 2015 season.
However, he has been unable to win any silverware during his time in charge and has come in for criticism for the team’s unattractive style of play.
Chairman Eamonn McManus stated:
“Keiron has been with the club for 24 years as man, boy, player and coach. The commitment that he has shown to the club throughout, and in every capacity, has been without equal.
It is both upsetting and disappointing for us all that it has ended at this point in time. Keiron nevertheless understands the position and, as a mark of the man that he is, wishes only well and good to the club, its players and everyone associated with it.
His statue outside the ground is a deserved reflection of his immense contribution to the club. That is clear, obvious and permanent.
We will now look to move the Club forward and will immediately commence the search for a new Head Coach. St.Helens is a world class club with a great squad of players and its only objective will be continuous success at the highest level.
Assistant coaches Sean Long and Jamahl Lolesi will be joined by under 19s coach Derek Traynor to form an interim coaching team until a new Head Coach is appointed and in place.”