Turmoil, drama, surprises; you name it, and the Cronulla Sharks have seen it as the club announces Craig Fitzgibbon as coach from 2022.
With the decision to do away with John Morris as head coach surprising many, the Sharks have picked the man they believe is their guy.
Currently, at the Sydney Roosters and the NSW Origin side as an assistant, Fitzgibbon will officially join the Sharks as head coach on November 1.
The move has prompted current coach Morris to vacate the hot seat with Josh Hannay to take over as interim coach for the foreseeable future.
The Sharks board made their call and although they say it was not an easy one, they have the man they want in Fitzgibbon.
“This decision was certainly not lightly taken, much discussion and consideration took place at Board and Management level before Craig was approached and now appointed, and we are thrilled he has accepted the position,” Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta said.
“Craig has served a long and successful apprenticeship under Trent Robinson at the Roosters and alongside Brad Fittler at a State level and we are confident he can emulate that success as a head coach here at the Sharks.”
Although many may not agree with the decision, the Sharks club was also quick to thank Morris for his time as head coach.
“However, in announcing the appointment, we need to acknowledge the contribution John Morris has made at the Cronulla club as a player, development and 20’s coach, NRL assistant, and as our head coach in 2019-2020 and to this point in our 2021 season.
“As coach John has brought through a number of promising youngsters to where they are now performing at an NRL level, his work ethic can’t be questioned and there is little doubt he has a bright future as a coach in the NRL. We certainly wish him future success.”