Leigh Centurions have confirmed that they today received the resignation of head coach Paul Rowley who has decided to depart his role with immediate effect.
Rowley said he was stepping down for personal reasons and his decision comes with the new Kingstone Press Championship season just over a week away.
On behalf of the board of directors of Leigh Centurions, owner Derek Beaumont said: “It’s a very sad day for Leigh Centurions and it is certainly not something that we wanted or expected to happen. It is still sinking in and I would have preferred time to pass but inevitable media pressure requires the club to respond officially in order to remove any speculation.
“Paul is a personal friend and has been a great servant to the Club as a player and more recently as a coach, achieving success in both roles.
“Whilst we are extremely disappointed and shocked we wish Paul Rowley well and I hope our fans will do the same. He is a proud, passionate man and deserves the utmost respect which he will always receive from me personally.
“I have spoken to the coaching staff and players and obviously it is a shock to all concerned and it is early days. At this moment that group is being led by Neil Jukes and I am assured will remain focused on achieving our goals.
“Neither I nor the club will be commenting further on this matter.”