New Zealand Warriors part ways with coach Stephen Kearney

New Zealand Warriors have parted ways with head coach Stephen Kearney.

The decision follows the Warriors’ 40-12 defeat to South Sydney on Friday. Current assistant coach Todd Payten has been named as Kearney’s interim replacement.

Warriors chief executive Cameron George said: “Stephen was informed this morning that we needed to make an immediate change.

“It’s a tough day for all of us particularly after last night’s performance.

“Stephen is extremely professional and has put in a huge amount of effort in the role but, along with the owners, we feel we need to make a change now in the best interests of the club.

“We’re so grateful to Stephen for the dedication he has shown to us in what have been difficult circumstances.

“His commitment, work ethic and concern for the wellbeing of the club, players and their families through this challenging year is testament to his character and we wish him and his family all the best for the future.”

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