Knights board sacks coach Stone

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

RICK Stone was in his of­fice at Knights head­quar­ters at 6am yesterday search­ing for some­thing he couldn’t find. An­swers. Why were his play­ers, who he had shown so much loy­alty at the se­lec­tion ta­ble, not re­spond­ing to his coach­ing? He may never find out. Five hours af­ter start­ing work, the coach’s fate was sealed. The New­cas­tle Knights board held an 11am tele­phone hook- up where di­rec­tors de­cided to cut their losses and sack him with a sea­son to run on his $ 400,000 con­tract. Af­ter 12 defeats from 14 games, the Knights’ 52- 6 ca­pit­u­la­tion to South Syd­ney on Satur­day was the fi­nal straw.

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