Laurent Frayssinous, the head coach of the Catalan Dragons, has left the Super League club with immediate effect.
The news was announced a day after the team lost 10 – 18 to Huddersfield over the Magic Weekend, their fifth consecutive defeat which left them ninth in the Super League table.
Frayssinous, who was in his fifth season with the Perpignan club, is the second Super League coach to leave this year.
Following his departure the club released a statement, “This morning, the chairman Bernard Guasch and some members of the board have mutually agreed with Laurent Frayssinous to part company.”
After disappointment with the performance in Newcastle Guasch ordered the club to return to France immediately rather than stay in England for a week of training ahead of the Salford clash as originally planned.
It seems almost certain that the club will look overseas for a successor but for the time being the assistant coaches Jerome Guisset and Michael Monaghan are in charge together with general manager Alex Chan.
Most likely is that the team will try and recruit the former head coach Mick Potter who is currently without a club but due to coach Fiji in the 2017 World Cup. Under Potter the club reached the Challenge Cup final in 2007.
Frayssinous joined the Dragons eleven years ago as part of the backroom staff after retiring from playing. He then become assistant coach and in 2012 he became the youngest head coach in the Super League and the first Frenchman to coach the Dragons.
However, he was never able to equal the club’s best-ever finish of fourth in 2012 and after experiencing an extreme slump in the second half of last year the team are currently struggling to make it into the top eight.