Duffy leaves Leigh by mutual consent

Duffy leaves Leigh by mutual consent

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Leigh Centurions have announced Head Coach John Duffy has left the club by mutual consent, with Head of Rugby Garreth Carvell also departing.

Duffy had been with the club since 2019. In his first season, Leigh finished fourth in the Championship, but lost in the first round of the playoffs against Featherstone Rovers.

In 2020, Leigh were selected to replace Toronto Wolfpack in the Super League, beating off other applications from Featherstone, Toulouse, York City Knights, London Broncos and Bradford Bulls.

The club then had three months to put together a side worthy of competing in the Super League.

However, the club has struggled in the Super League so far, failing to win any of their first eight matches.

Assistant Kurt Haggerty will take temporary charge.

Reacting to the news, Duffy told the club website: “I am gutted that my time is up. I had a good chat with Derek and we agreed that something needed to change.

“We have not got the results we needed and now it is time for someone else to step in and hopefully get the first win and then some more.

“It’s a tough one for me as I love the Club and the fans but I realise there have to be changes and that’s the way it goes. I started my coaching job at Leigh with nothing and we got to Super League.

“The fans have been great for me. I know they weren’t allowed to be inside the grounds for a while but when they can they follow us around everywhere. I’d like to thank Derek Beaumont and Mike Latham in particular for all the help and support they have given me and everyone who has helped me over the last few years.”

Chairman Derek Beaumont added: “I would like to thank John for his dedication, commitment and outstanding work ethic he has shown during his time with the club. It has been a really difficult time as he massively cares about the club, the fans, the town of Leigh and me and my wife personally.

“In the end John wants the same as me, the best for the club, not himself and therefore it wasn’t a difficult conversation that we had. Something needed to change, and we both recognised that.

“I hope the fans can respect the difficult task John faced and made a fist of for them and, also, remember his fine contribution as a player. He is Leigh through and through and can certainly hold his head high in my box anytime he feels like it. As a sport we talk of mental health but perhaps we need to look at some of the things we do as a sport and the impact that has on people’s mental health.”

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