Hull FC have today announced that Shaun McRae has been appointed as Director of Rugby and that Richard Agar will leave as head coach at the end of the season.
McRae, who coached the Black & Whites between 2000 and 2002, will take up his new role as Director of Rugby from the 1st October 2011.
Shaun will be responsible for all aspects of the playing side at the club and will operate as a Director of Hull FC. His duties will encompass the recruitment of a new First Team Coach for Hull FC who will be installed in the position at the latest by 1st November 2011.
Although not taking up official employment until 1st October 2011, Shaun will be immediately responsible for the completion of the recruitment process for a new Head Coach of Hull FC. This new appointment will be announced as soon as the recruitment process can be completed.
Commenting on his appointment with the club Shaun McRae said, “I am delighted to be returning to Hull FC and I am honoured to be part of the exciting times that lay ahead. I look forward to working with Adam Pearson and all the staff and players and also reacquainting myself with the “old faithful.”
The appointment of a new Head Coach will be required due to the departure of present First Team Coach Richard Agar who has, following discussions with the Board, decided to take on new rugby challenges from the end of this Super League season. Richard will remain in charge of all first team duties until the end of the current Super League play off campaign.
Agar stated :”It has been a fantastic experience to work for Hull FC over the last seven years. I consider it an honour to have worked with the players and staff of this great club.
“I leave with pride that we have built a quality squad and culture. I have numerous happy memories and the two Challenge Cup Finals and the Grand Final are obvious highlights. I would like to wish the Directors, players, staff and fans all the very best for the future”.
The club have stated that they will announce Richard’s successor at the earliest possible convenience following the conclusion of the recruitment process.