The New Zealand Warriors have sacked coach Stephen Kearney despite having two years left on his contract.
He is expected to be replaced by assistant coach Todd Payten for the remainder of the season.
Kearney took the job in 2017 and only made the finals once – in 2018. Kearney signed a new deal in February last year until the end of 2022
The decision was made by the Warriors management teams following yesterday’s heavy 40-12 loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs with the players and staff informed on the decision Saturday afternoon in Terrigal at the team camp.
Warriors CEO Cameron George had the following to say on the matter:
“First and foremost I want to make the point how good Steve has been with his commitment and passion to the club over a four year period.
“He’s led us through some pretty dark times and none more greater than where we are now.
“Results over an extended period of time haven’t been pleasing for the owners and myself.
“It’s a hard decision to make and there’s never a right time but we just felt as a club we had to make a change.
“Todd Payten will be our interim coach and then we will undergo a thorough process to find our next head coach.”