Hull FC have parted company with head coach Peter Gentle with immediate effect.
The 47-year-old Australian had two years left on his contract but has been the subject of much speculation over his future and his exit was confirmed five days after the club’s record 76-18 Super League play-off defeat by Huddersfield.
Hull owner Adam Pearson said: “The club would like to place on record their gratitude to Peter for his efforts, hard work and dedication, helping to progress the club on the field in his two seasons in charge.”
Hull say they will confirm a successor “in due course” but it is thought they will appoint from within, with Gentle’s assistant Lee Radford favourite to step up alongside academy coach Andy Last.
Former player Paul Cooke, the newly-appointed head coach of Doncaster, is also expected to play a role in the re-organisation, with Hull set to announce a partnership with the Championship club.
Tuesday’s announcement comes as no surprise following Pearson’s decision to conduct a “root-and-branch” review of the club’s football department in the wake of their 13-try humiliation by the Giants.