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 Peter Sharp steps down

Tue 1st July, 10:01AM

Digital Image Grant Trouville © nrlphotos.com : NRL Rugby League Round 7- Cronulla Sharks v Sydney Roosters at Remondis Stadium, Saturday the 19th April 2014. Easter Saturday. #nrlcrosyd

Sharks NRL coach Peter Sharp has resigned from his position effective immediately.

After accepting his resignation late yesterday, Sharks CEO Steve Noyce expressed his appreciation to Sharp for stepping into the head coaching role this season in what were extremely challenging circumstances.

“While very sad to see him go it was fitting that Peter departs on his own terms, that being on the back of a record-breaking comeback win for the club last Friday night in Brisbane,” Noyce said.

“The club certainly appreciates his efforts in what has been a very difficult season and while he may have expressed a reluctance to take on the role when first handed the reins, once appointed Peter worked exceptionally hard and always acted in the best interests of the players and the club.”

In announcing his resignation, Sharp was of the belief the decision was the correct one for both himself and for the Cronulla club.

“I’ve certainly enjoyed my time at the Sharks and I’ve met a number of wonderful people. I thank the Sharks for the opportunity both as an assistant and as the head coach, even with the challenges we’ve faced this year,” Sharp said. “But I think the decision I’ve made to step down is in the best interests of the club and I believe for me it is in my best interests as well.

“I hope the players can fulfill their potential and finish the season on a positive note.”

The Sharks will appoint and announce a coaching replacement in the coming days.


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NRL empathises with Sharks woes

By Ben Horne
12:03pm Tue 01st July, 2014

Cronulla's ongoing implosion, including the resignation of Cronulla coach Peter Sharp, can be linked to the crippling effect the ASADA investigation is having on the Sharks, according to NRL chief operating officer Jim Doyle.

On another tumultuous day for the embattled Sharks, Doyle said it was "completely unacceptable" that the ASADA saga had spanned 18 months and this had contributed to the crisis Cronulla were in - on and off the field.

The recently sacked Todd Carney has a long track record for alcohol-related incidents, but it's been reported that the 28-year-old fell back into bad habits since Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan was suspended from his post over the club's 2011 supplement program.

However, more to the point, Doyle said the ASADA issue played a part in Carney's sacking because the Sharks had been left desperate to find major sponsors as a result of continual bad press over the drug probe.

Interim coach Peter Sharp's decision to resign, announced on Tuesday, came just a week after captain Paul Gallen said players were under the impression he wasn't giving 100 per cent.

Doyle said ASADA's seemingly endless investigation had led to Cronulla's implosion.

"Without a doubt - you can't go through something (without it having an effect).

"The club are no doubt going out trying to sign sponsors, and this is something that's been hanging over their head," Doyle said.

"No doubt (that played) a factor in the decision they made based on the picture that came out on Saturday.

"No doubt for them, it's hard to get sponsors etc and it's why they want to change the culture of the organisation.

"We've said right from the start it's completely unacceptable.

"We push ASADA on a continuous basis that we want to get this resolved as soon as we can.

"They have a lot of process they need to go through and it's outside our control. But we push them every single day to get a result."

Doyle said he felt for Sharks chief executive Steve Noyce, and maintained he would have made the same decision to sack Carney if he was head of a NRL club - as he will be next year when he heads to the Warriors.

However, he doesn't believe the Sharks are on the brink of collapse.

"It's trying times for them but they'll continue to work through and be a stronger club at the end of it," he said.

Doyle stuck by his original stance that it would be "highly unlikely" that the NRL would register another contract for Carney, but admitted you would "never say never".

The demand for a quality half is always strong and Carney is a Dally M medal winner as well as a NSW and Australian representative.

However, Doyle believes clubs will look elsewhere when searching for playmakers.

"I think there's more quality halfbacks playing in NYC (national youth competition), the NSW Cup and the Queensland Cup coming through to the future who may have not been fired by three different clubs," Doyle said.

"At the end of the day, we cannot keep just allowing players to do those sorts of things and think it's acceptable."


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Tim Sheens turns down offer to coach Sharks for the rest of the season


  • JULY 01, 2014 11:43AM

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has rejected an offer to step in at the Cronulla Sharks in an emergency role for the rest of the season.

Sharks CEO Steve Noyce put an offer to Sheens late last night, not long after interim Peter Sharp handed in his resignation.

Sheens told the Daily Telegraph online this morning that he was too busy preparing the Kangaroos for the end of season Four Nations to take on the job.

The Sharks even had skipper and Test forward Paul Gallen ring Sheens to try and persuade him to take on the job.

“It was nice to get an offer but my entire focus is on the Kangaroos,’’ Sheens said.

“It wouldn’t be fair to the players at all other clubs if I was just concentrating on one team for the rest of the season.’’

The Sharks have now set their sights on dumped Dragons coach Steve Price as a possible stand-in until Shane Flanagan returns in nine weeks.

Price is interested in the Sharks job but only if he can get a commitment to be an assistant coach at the club for the following two-years.

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Lol at the Sharks trying to blame the Carney stuff on ASADA.  :lol:

"Oh, it's your fault our coach got suspended because he allowed cheating in the club so he couldn't look after poor Toddy."

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Also, the Sharks screwed Sharp over big time.


Poor bloke never wanted to be put in that position. He was happy to go on being an assistant.

Now he doesn't even have that.

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Pretty much..... maybe throw in the odd lesson or two in the fine art of mule kicking your opponent when he's on the ground as well. 

If Gal has a blinder and we win Game 3 that will be a perfect example of that.

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