1. ITV Report

Simmons parts with Saints

Royce Simmons speaking to us late last week Photo:

St Helens have parted company with head coach Royce Simmons with immediate effect. Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham have been placed in temporary charge.

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,” he continued.