Leeds Rhinos are to start the seek for a brand new head coach after Richard Agar stepped down from the position with quick impact.
Agar, who had been within the job for the reason that sacking of Dave Furner in Might 2019, will stay with the membership in a task but to be outlined however his assistant Jamie Jones-Buchanan will take cost of preparations for Saturday’s Betfred Problem Cup sixth-round tie towards Castleford at Headingley.
Leeds’ chief govt Gary Hetherington stated: “On behalf of everybody on the membership, I wish to thank Richard for his excellent effort as head coach of the membership.
“We do plan to nominate a brand new head coach and can apply a complete recruitment course of, however there isn’t any predetermined timescale for this appointment.”
Agar was working with NRL facet St George Illawarra when he was provided the possibility to hitch Leeds in December 2018 in a newly-created place of head of participant growth.
Nevertheless, he stepped into the breach following the departure of Furner and have become everlasting head coach on a rolling 12-month contract in September 2019.
He guided Leeds to Problem Cup glory in 2020 however the Rhinos have gained simply one in every of their opening six matches this season and Agar dropped sufficient hints after Friday’s 26-12 defeat by Salford to recommend he was prepared to face down.
In a press release on Monday, he stated: “After I first took on the top coach’s job three years in the past, I agreed with Kevin Sinfield and Gary Hetherington that I might achieve this on the idea that I might assist take the workforce ahead.
“I agreed a six-month rolling contract and I used to be completely happy to proceed while ever we have been making progress. Nevertheless, I don’t really feel like I’m having the impression I might hope to on the squad.
“I’m pleased with our report over the past three years. The membership was in a tricky place after I took over, we battled towards relegation earlier than dealing with the unprecedented challenges of Covid and an injury-ravaged squad final season.
“On the sector, we gained the Problem Cup at Wembley, reached the play-offs within the final two seasons and noticed the emergence of a lot of extremely promising younger gamers.
“I actually consider we now have a robust squad who’ve the potential to realize this 12 months. They’re working exhausting in coaching day-after-day however sadly this has not materialised into outcomes and in the end that duty rests with me.”
Agar was the third most skilled coach in Tremendous League, having began his teaching profession at York in 2004. He subsequently took cost of practically 250 video games for York, Hull FC, Wakefield, Leeds and France.