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‘Enormous toll’: Flanagan quits as Cronulla head coach

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has resigned from the position, a month after he was deregistered by the NRL for violating the terms of his 2014 suspension for his part in the club’s supplements scandal.

Flanagan said he was standing down so that replacement John Morris could get on with his job, with Sharks Chairman Dino Mezzatesta thanking Flanagan for his efforts in seven full seasons as head coach, including the historic 2016 premiership.

Departure lounge: Shane Flanagan has decided to sever all ties with the Sharks.

Departure lounge: Shane Flanagan has decided to sever all ties with the Sharks.Credit:AAP

“Shane was our first premiership-winning coach, he is the coach of our Team of the Half Century and he has given exceptional service and dedication to our club. He worked tirelessly to build our team and our club into a competitive force and he will forever hold a special place in the club’s history,” Mezzatesta said in a statement.

“While disappointed his tenure at the Sharks will come to an end, Shane can look back with pride on some outstanding achievements during his time at the helm.”

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