Sharp exits from Featherstone

Featherstone have parted company with head coach Jon Sharp.

The former Huddersfield Giants boss departs after just over two years in charge.

Sharp was informed today that his Rovers deal would not be extended beyond 2017 and he leaves the club with immediate effect.

Chairman Mark Campbell said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Jon for his efforts over the past couple of years.

“A decision to bring in a new head coach for 2018 has been taken and we feel leaving Jon in charge for the Qualifiers, only for him to depart in October, would make little sense.

“He leaves with our best wishes and we now looking forward to seeing how our Super 8s campaign unfolds.

“We are aiming high and expect to leave a mark this time around.”

Sharp added: “It is with pride I look back at the successes we achieved, with highlights being the 2015 Championship Shield win over London and us becoming the first part-time team to achieve back-to-back top-four finishes – and a Challenge Cup quarter-final game.

“I want to thank the fans who have been amazing. To my staff, I thank them for their support and loyalty and to the players, who have been a pleasure to coach and a joy to work with.”

Assistant coach Danny Evans and head of strength and conditioning Billy Mallinson have also left the club.

Featherstone’s new head coach will be named on Tuesday.


  1. That’s a shock because he has achieved good results during his tenure. Hope his dismissal fires up the players for this week’s trip to Toulouse because I want my team to finish 4th.

  2. I hate to question the wisdom of the Featherstone board but what the Hell are thinking of sacking Jon Sharp? Where do they expect to finish in the Championship? Hull KR were always going to top the league, and then you have a number of very strong sides in Sheffield, London, Toulouse, and Halifax. Coming to the last match with a chance to finish third is a very good achievement, making the Qualifiers is an achievement. Realistically they’re not going win promotion but they are at least competing in the Qualifiers which is more than many other clubs in the Championship will achieve. If Featherstone want to make a bid for Super League then they are going to need substantial investment to get the ground up to standard, plus off field activities to the required standard, as well as youth development, community work, and everything else that goes along with making Super League. That is before you start adding a smattering of quality NRL players looking to boost their pension pots and some English journeymen to round out the side. Just what do the Featherstone board expect?

  3. The rugby has been dire at times and I applaud the ambitions of the board. why settle for something you are not happy with.

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