Peter Sharp quits as Sharks coach

Peter Sharp has left the Sharks. Photo: John Veage
Peter Sharp has left the Sharks. Photo: John Veage

Peter Sharp has quit as interim Cronulla Sharks coach. Sharp informed players and staff of his decision on Tuesday morning.

Cronulla approached current Australian coach Tim Sheens to take over the role for the remainder of the season, but he has knocked the club back.

It has capped a turbulent time for Cronulla - and Sharp, who was reluctantly thrust into the position as head coach following the suspension of coach Shane Flanagan.

Sharp was absent from the team’s crisis meeting on Monday following the sacking of Todd Carney on Sunday, as he had a pre-booked medical appointment.

He handed in his resignation on Monday night. The Sharks are yet to name a replacement, but dumped St George Illawarra coach Steve Price has been mentioned as a potential candidate as has former Cronulla captain Brett Kimmorley.

“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 fulfil their potential and finish the season on a positive note.”

Sharp was thrown into the spotlight recently when skipper Paul Gallen suggested the coach was not giving “100 per cent”.

The Sharks are now left with no sponsor, no coach and are minus their star player in Carney.

Sharp’s decision has dented an already weakened coaching staff after under-20s coach James Shepherd was bumped up to assist Sharp while long-term junior representative coach Dave Howlett is coaching the under-20s.

Chief executive Steve Noyce said there would be a coaching decision in the upcoming days.

“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.”

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