In a move that should surprise no-one, Shane Flanagan has resigned as head coach of the Cronulla Sharks effective immediately.
In charge of the club for seven seasons, Flanagan led the Sharks to the promised land, guiding the side to a maiden NRL premiership.
Club Chairman Dino Mezzatesta praised Flanagan for his efforts with the club in his time as coach.
“Shane was our first premiership winning coach, he is the Coach of our Team of the Half Century and he has given exceptional service and dedication to our Club,” said the Chairman.
He worked tirelessly to build our team and our Club into a competitive force and he will forever hold a special place in the Club’s history.”
Joining as an assistant in 2007, Flanagan was handed the head coaching mantle in 2010.
Embroiled in numerous sagas during his tenure, Flanagan made the decision in the best interests of the club.
“This was obviously one of the toughest decisions of my 36-year rugby league career to resign from the head coaching role at Cronulla,” said Flanagan.
“The last month has taken an enormous mental and emotional toll on my family and myself.”
Although his decision is now made, Flanagan intends on responding to notice handed to him by the NRL.
“I intend on responding to the notice issued by the NRL, however I have made this decision in the best interests of the entire club and the players to allow the best possible preparation for the 2019 season without constant speculation and uncertainty as to who their Head Coach will be,” he continued.