Sport Sharks future in the balance for Morris
'Disgusted' mum of axed NRL coach lashes out at 'deceitful liars'
The mother of a sacked NRL coach has posted an emotional defence of her son, saying she's 'disgusted' with the club who have acted as 'deceitful liars'.John Morris, who played 300 games in his rugby league career, was told Tuesday he was axed as coach of Cronulla Sharks after the club signed Sydney Roosters assistant Craig Fitzgibbon for the role from the 2022 season onwards.
Cronulla are set to meet with the manager of NRL coach John Morris on Monday following reports that the club has all but agreed to terms with Craig Fitzgibbon for next season.
Morris is off-contract at the end of the season as well as at least 14 Sharks players, putting the club in a precarious situation with their roster beyond this year.
On Sunday reports emerged linking the Sharks with Fitzgibbon, who is currently assistant coach at the Sydney Roosters.
The rookie coach has previously knocked back approaches from rivals St George Illawarra to remain working under Trent Robinson at the Roosters.
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However, according to a Nine Media report Fitzgibbon has informed the club he intends to take up an offer with the Sharks, with details yet to be finalised.
It comes after Saturday night's 26-18 loss to the Roosters at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Although Morris has been working with a depleted salary cap and an immense injury toll over the past two seasons, the Sharks have still managed to play finals football.
In 2019 and 2020 they were forced to play $350,000 under the salary cap as an NRL penalty for previous breaches.
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Saturday's loss however was further evidence of the Sharks' recent struggles against top eight teams, not having beaten one since August 2019.
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Morris comes off-contract at the end of the 2021 NRL season and appears certain to part company with the Sharks.According to News Corp Australia journalist Phil Rothfield , The Shire Club recently made an approach to Sydney Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon.
Morris has asked the Sharks for a contract extension on multiple occasions without any joy.
"I don't intend going down without a fight." he told News Corp on Sunday.
"I love this club and my commitment and work ethic will remain strong.
"The constant speculation around my job hasn't been pleasant but, until I get told differently, it's business as usual preparing for our next game."
The Sharks have been contacted for comment.
It's understood chief executive Dino Mezzatesta will meet with Morris' manager Chris Orr on Monday.
But without certainty over the head coach for next season the club cannot begin to work on their playing roster.
Big names Shaun Johnson, Matt Moylan, Aaron Woods, Josh Dugan and Toby Rudolf all come off contract at the end of the year and have been given no indication about who will be coaching the team.
The lone signing for 2022 is St George Illawarra skipper Cameron McInnes.
Morris took over as head coach in 2019 after Shane Flanagan's registration was cancelled by the NRL, but has been in the club's coaching system since he retired in 2014.
Players put heat on Sharks over coach's future .
Cronulla Sharks veteran Aaron Woods has issued a grim warning to the club as the future of coach John Morris remains clouded.Morris, who's off-contract at the end of this year, has led the club to back-to-back finals appearances since taking over from Shane Flanagan at the start of the 2019 season.