SUPER League coach, Hull FC’s Lee Radford, was tonight sacked on live TV.
With his side having been beaten 38-4 by Warrington Wolves as KCOM Stadium, Radford didn’t show up for his post-match Sky Sports on-field interview. Instead, club owner Adam Pearson told an international TV audience Radford had “parted ways” with the club.
“Not on auspicious circumstances – Lee and I have decided to call it a day tonight and it was a decision that didn’t rest easily with me,” Pearson told interviewer Jenna Brooks.
“But I don’t think, obviously, we’re going in the right direction at the minute so we’ve decided to go our separate ways.
“And I’d just like to place on record the unbelievable job that he’s done. He’s a stand-up, loyal guy who works tremendously hard and he’s put his life into this club for seven years.
“So I’m going to miss him.”
Asked if Radford knew his fate should the team lose tonight, Pearson answered: “No I don’t think so but Lee is nobody’s fool and I think he realised today that certain aspects of that performance are just not acceptable.
“We’ve got to regroup as a club and as a team and we’re all going to have to pull together. Andy Last will take charge of the team from tomorrow morning with Kieron Purtill and we will try and get a few players back and go again for Huddersfield.
“It’s not a job that has given me any pleasure whatsoever as he’s a guy of the utmost quality.”
Hull FC started the season with a big win over Leeds. After seven rounds, they are eighth with three wins and four losses.
BREAKING: Hull FC and Lee Radford part company.
— Sky Sports Rugby League (@SkySportsRL) March 12, 2020