Sport Craig Fitzgibbon set to be joined by Cameron Ciraldo at Cronulla Sharks, report
Ciraldo in line to join Fitzgibbon as Sharks assure Morris he's still in ‘pole position'
Cronulla officials insist a decision on the coaching role hasn't been made, but Penrith are preparing for life without Cameron Ciraldo.The Sharks held a crisis meeting with Morris and his manager Chris Orr on Monday morning following revelations in the The Sydney Morning Herald that Fitzgibbon had all-but agreed to coach the club in 2022.
Roosters assistant coach Craig Fitzgibbon will reportedly be joined by Cameron Ciraldo when he takes charge at Cronulla for next season.
The Sharks have, opting for Fitzgibbon in his place, with reports claiming former Cronulla player Ciraldo will join him.
Ciraldo is currently an assistant coach under Ivan Cleary at Penrith.
Speaking on NRL360 on Monday, journalist Phil Rothfield reported the addition of Ciraldo to the Cronulla coaching stable.
"The Craig Fitzgibbon deal at Cronulla is actually a package deal and it involves Penrith Panthers assistant coach Cameron Ciraldo," Rothfield said.
Teddy backs Fitzgibbon for Sharks success
Sydney Roosters stars James Tedesco and Brett Morris believe Craig Fitzgibbon can bring success to Cronulla as talks continue on Monday.A messy situation is unfolding at the Sharks with club bosses to meet with the management of John Morris on Monday to decide the coach's future, with Fitzgibbon on the verge of agreeing to a deal for 2022 and beyond.
"These two are close, they coached Country together, they've remained in touch and they've always wanted to coach together.
"I can confirm that powerbrokers at the Sharks have spoken to both of them, they will get the job providing they can dot their i's and cross their t's."
Ciraldo made 19 first-grade appearances for Cronulla, starting his 94-game NRL career in the Shire.
While on the coaching staff at Penrith, the 36-year-old got some experience in the top job, taking over as head coach for the remainder of the 2018 season following Anthony Griffin's sacking.
Despite both Fitzgibbon and Ciraldo being well-regarded assistants, the Sharks have copped plenty of criticism for their treatment of Morris.
Taking over from the suspended Shane Flanagan, Morris has guided the club to two straight finals series, all while navigating salary cap challenges and roster issues.
Fitzgibbon knows not to poach Roosters
Craig Fitzgibbon has half of Cronulla's roster spots open as he starts planning for 2022, but Trent Robinson says players won't follow from the Sydney Roosters.Fitzgibbon was back at work as an assistant with the Roosters on Thursday, but will have the luxury of 15 unfilled spots in his top 30 for next season.
Ben Ikin questioned whether the Sharks were making the right call.
"I would get it if John Morris was being traded out for someone who's won a comp, who knows what success looks like," Ikin said.
"Craig Fitzgibbon has got a lot of wraps, but he's an assistant coach.
"If you've got someone in your system that's seemingly doing a pretty good job under tough circumstances that knows where all the bodies are buried... that gets you runs on the board.
"These are all the things that Fitzgibbon and Ciraldo have to find out over the next couple of years."
Morris and his management had a meeting with Cronulla CEO Dino Mezzatesta on Monday, with the coach calling it "encouraging."
"Nothing to report," Morris told Channel Nine.
"Not a new contract but we had a productive meeting."
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