Leeds Rhinos sack coach David Furner after disappointing start to 2019

Leeds Rhinos have announced that they have parted company with Dave Furner after just six months in charge of the club.

The Rhinos, who have won just four league games this season and are third from bottom of Super League, say that Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield and Chief Executive Gary Hetherington met with Furner before deeming that the club needed to go in a fresh direction.

Assistant coach Richard Agar will take charge on an interim basis while Leeds hunt for their third permanent coach in less than a year.

“This was a very difficult decision and not one we have taken lightly,” Sinfield said. “David was an outstanding candidate to be our head coach and was my first choice for the job. Unfortunately, we have not started the season as we had all hoped and action was needed to move in a fresh direction with this group of players this season. I would like to thank David for his commitment to the club, especially the sacrifices he made to travel from his home in Australia to take up our challenge.

“Richard Agar will act as interim head coach for the time being. We are fortunate to have a coach of his experience already on our staff which means we do not need to rush into making a permanent appointment.”

Hetherington added: This season has been really disappointing so far with team performances well below what we expected.  When Kevin returned to the club last summer his primary focus was to restore the team to challenge for honours and he has the full support of our Board to do this.”