Swinton part company with head coach Stuart Littler

Relegation-threatened Championship club Swinton have parted company with Ireland head coach Stuart Littler.

Littler, who was appointed as coach after ending his playing career with the Lions in 2017, has paid the price for their disastrous start to the season, with the club bottom of the table without a win in 14 matches.

A statement from the club said: “The board wishes to acknowledge that Stuart Littler has been an outstanding servant to Swinton Lions over the past six years. He is a top-quality coach and a thoroughly decent human being.

“This season Stuart has had to contend with an unprecedented injury list but we are in a results-driven business and the board felt that the time had come for a fresh approach.”

Swinton say assistant coach Allan Coleman has agreed to take charge of first-team affairs until the end of the season, when the position will be reviewed.

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