YM part company with coach Hanlon

13/08/13'Hawick, Scotland, UK. 13 August 2013.''(Photo Credit: � Rob Gray)
13/08/13'Hawick, Scotland, UK. 13 August 2013.''(Photo Credit: � Rob Gray)

Paul Hanlon has been removed as head coach of Hawick YM following a club meeting which saw the committee deciding he should be relieved of his duties immediately.

Hanlon, 33, took over from Jammy McFarlane, who helped the club reach National League status in his time at Mansfield Haugh, at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season but has found positive results hard to come by and failed to build on the club’s previous success under McFarlane.

A Hawick YMRFC statement thanked Hanlon, saying: “Hawick YM RFC would like to thank Paul for his time and efforts since he arrived at the club and would like to wish him every success in any
future roles he undertakes in rugby.

“On Thursday, January 16, the club held its monthly meeting. Various things were discussed at including the coaching role at the club. After debate it was decided by the committee to relieve Paul Hanlon of his duties.”

Since the beginning of the season, YM have won only twice in 15 attempts, with the club currently second bottom of Championship B, one point in front of last placed Murrayfield Wanderers and five adrift of Lasswade.

Hanlon commented: “First off I am very disappointed with the statement, the club were picking up some results and I would have loved to be able to continue and finish off the season.

“The board obviously felt that making this decision now meant that they would have someone in place for pre-season which would give them a chance at turning the club around. They have a great squad there with all the lads and could be a Championship team in a few years no problem, they just need some time.”

Hanlon continued: “The board did have some issues with my style of coaching and felt that YM should be playing a type of rugby the club had previously enjoyed success with. I have my own brand of rugby and I wasn’t comfortable changing it because they wanted me to, which did lead to some friction.

“I thought this post would be for a couple of years before my position would be evaluated but they have made the decision early and we will all move on from it. It all came down to a difference of opinion ultimately and that’s fine.”

YM are now seeking a new head coach for the 2014/2015 season, with team manager Dan Deans taking over team affairs for the remainder of the season.