The Sharks head coach has stepped down from his role in the wake of off-field dramas.
Cronulla Sharks head coach Peter Sharp has resigned from his post effective immediately.
The decision comes just days after star player Todd Carney was sacked by the club after a vulgar photo was released in which the player appeared to be urinating in his own mouth.
Sharks CEO Steve Noyce expressed his appreciation towards Sharp for stepping into the coaching role in what has been a challenging year for the club both on and off the field.
“While very sad to see him go it was fitting that Peter departs on his own terms, that being on the back of a record-breaking comeback win for the club last Friday night in Brisbane,” Noyce said.
“The club certainly appreciates his efforts in what has been a very difficult season and while he may have expressed a reluctance to take on the role when first handed the reins, once appointed Peter worked exceptionally hard and always acted in the best interests of the players and the club.”
Sharp said the decision was in the best interests of both himself and Cronulla.
“I’ve certainly enjoyed my time at the Sharks and I’ve met a number of wonderful people. I thank the Sharks for the opportunity both as an assistant and as the head coach, even with the challenges we’ve faced this year,” Sharp said.
“But I think the decision I’ve made to step down is in the best interests of the club and I believe for me it is in my best interests as well.
“I hope the players can fulfill their potential and finish the season on a positive note.”
The club announced it would appoint a new head coach in the coming days.