Cronulla Sharks chairman Damian Irvine steps down.
The stepping-down of Cronulla chairman Damian Irvine has opened the door for the return of suspended coach Shane Flanagan.
Irvine was behind the dismissal of former coach Flanagan, and other coaching staff, who were removed from the club last week following their investigation by ASADA.
Since then players and fans have expressed their support of Flanagan and are calling for his reinstatement.
While Irvine remained chairman of the Cronulla Sharks it was unlikely the former coach would return to the club.
With the departure of Irvine these calls have been even more vocal, but it will be up to replacement chairman ex-Cronulla winger Glenn Coleman to decide whether Flanagan will return.
Watch Damian Irvine’s resignation below: