Cronulla sack head coach

Cronulla Sharks have sacked head coach Shane Flanagan amidst a doping scandal surrounding the NRL club.

Football manager Darren Mooney, head trainer Mark Noakes, physiotherapist Konrad Schultz and club doctor David Givney have all been relieved of their duties.

The news comes days before the start of the new NRL campaign after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) found 14 Sharks players were found to be using banned substances.

Flanagan said: “I still believe that the players have not done anything wrong. I don’t oversee anything. My involvement…I’ve got no idea, bar being coach at the time.

“I’ve worked really hard to get this footy team together and I feel sorry for all the current players as well as the new players who have come to our club. Now they’ve just been ripped apart.”

NRL chief executive Dave Smith supported the boards decision: “The board is acting decisively by putting in place management changes at the highest level. Our focus is on supporting the club in a way that will give players, supporters and sponsors confidence in the future.”

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