Crusaders axe Mike Grady

Drew Darbyshire

Credit: Richard Long

Mike Grady has been sacked as head coach of North Wales Crusaders.

Grady took charge of the Welsh club at the back end of the 2016 campaign. He led them to the League Cup Final in 2017, but were beaten by Barrow Raiders.

The club have made a decision to go in a different direction following talks over a number of issues with Grady.

Any Moulsdale, Crusaders CEO, said: “After talks with Mike yesterday, it was agreed that we would go our separate ways.

“I’d like to thank Mike for his enthusiasm for the job over the last 18 months.

“Getting to the league cup final last year was a good achievement. However, league form at the back end of last season was inconsistent, and with a slow start this season we felt that we had to talk to Mike.

“Having done so, it was agreed to part ways and I wish him the very best for the future.”

Grady’s assistant coach Jonny Leather will remain at the club and is expected to be in charge for Friday’s derby against West Wales Raiders.