Simmons axed

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ROYCE Simmons’ has been sacked after Saints crashed to a fourth successive defeat.

The Australia is believed to have paid the ultimate price for the team’s poor run of form.

Simmons and his assistant Kieron Purtill have both been relieved of their duties.

Club legend Keiron Cunningham and youth manager Mike Rush have been put in temporary charge of first team matters.

Chairman Eamonn McManus said: “Our season has got off to a difficult start and it is best to make change sooner rather than later.

“We have every faith in Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham. They each know the club inside out and have all the experience together to take us forward.

“I would like to go on record to pay genuine tribute to Royce Simmons. He is a fantastic person, and of absolute character and integrity, who has given everything to the club.

“I am sure that everyone at the club joins me in thanking him sincerely for all his work and dedication and to wish him and his family well for the future.

“Our sentiments are the same with Kieron Purtill. Force of circumstance has reconstituted change.”

Saints lost 12-8 to former coach Mick Potter’s Bradford Bulls at Odsal on Saturday.

And things don’t get any easier over the coming weeks as the next three games are against Leeds, Warrington and Wigan.