Toronto Wolfpack have parted company with their head coach Paul Rowley with immediate effect.
Wolfpack Director of Rugby, Brian Noble MBE, commented: “Paul mentioned earlier in the season that he would like to review his position at the end of the 2018 season, the date when his original contract was due to end. This role is one of the most challenging jobs in sport, not only due to the onfield pressures, where Paul has been hugely successful, but also in leading a transatlantic team treading new ground in the world of sport.
“Paul has played a huge role in an extremely successful two-year period, winning promotion to the Championship and going agonisingly close to an unprecedented back-to-back promotion to Super League. He leaves the Wolfpack with an incredible 53-3-7 record over his tenure. We are sorry to see him leave but respect Paul’s wishes that now may be a good time for a change of leadership so that the Wolfpack can redouble our efforts to achieve Super League status in 2019.”
Paul Rowley added: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Wolfpack, it has been a unique experience for me and I feel the club has been a breath of fresh air for our game as a whole. I have been considering my position throughout the season as this is not just any coaching job, and I feel now is the right time for myself and the club to make a change.
“I really do hope the club build on the last two years and achieve Super League status in 2019, I for one will remain a committed supporter of the Wolfpack and intend to follow the team closely moving forwards.
“I would like to thank the Wolfpack and the team’s remarkable supporters on both sides of the Atlantic, who have always made me feel extremely welcome, and look forward to meeting up in the future.”