Some fans have been calling for the decision to be made for ages and others were not big fans of making the call so early, but the St George Illawarra Dragons have terminated the coaching contract of Steve Price.
The club had an option in their favour for 2015 to exercise in favour of Price but chose not to do so and as a result, assistant coach Paul McGregor will be the club’s caretaker coach for the rest of the season.
“Steve Price has been involved at our Club for over 13 years. He is a person of the highest integrity who has contributed enormously to our Club in so many ways throughout this time,” said Dragons CEO Peter Doust.
“Unfortunately team performance and results have not met the required standards, particularly this season, despite a refresh of performance management strategies and structure, at the end of last year, and a significant change to the playing roster.
“Whilst we can never predict the future, the Board determined that change was required for the balance of the 2014 season.
“The Club greatly appreciates and respects the commitment and work ethic that Steve has displayed at all times,” added Doust.
Although he might be disappointed with the decision made by the club, Price was grateful for the opportunities that the Dragons have given him over the years.
â€œI am grateful for the opportunities that the Dragons have provided me over all my years associated with the Club and would like to thank all involved,â€ said Price.
â€œIâ€™d like to wish Paul and the playing group all the very bestâ€.
McGregor is good friends with the outgoing Steve Price and knows that the phase the club is about to go throguh will not be easy.
â€œThe Board wanted the change to be as simple as possible for the players and for their sake I agreed,â€ said McGregor.
â€œThis is a difficult situation for me, Steve Price is a good friend of mine and we have worked closely together and I would have liked us to work through these tough times as one.
â€œThis change will be a new challenge for the players to face but we have a good football team and good group of menâ€.