Hull head coach Brett Hodgson is leaving the club by mutual consent

Hull FC have begun a search for a new head coach following the sudden departure of Brett Hodgson.

The 44-year-old Australian, who had just completed his second season with the Super League side, has left the club by mutual consent, the club said.

Under Hodgson, who joined the Black and Whites ahead of the 2021 season from the Wests Tigers, they finished a disappointing eighth-place finish in his freshman year, and Saturday’s humiliating 36-4 derby loss to injury-hit Hull KR condemned her to a ninth place finish in 2022.

Hull chairman Adam Pearson said: “On behalf of the board, staff and supporters of Hull FC, I would like to thank Brett for the dedication and dignity he has shown during his two years at the club.

“Brett joined us at a time of transition and disruption caused by Covid-19, and has faced further challenges from injuries and suspensions.

“The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a targeted shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior team, but also someone to take our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team further will pursue.

“We are encouraged by the progress of our academy and Center of Excellence programme, as well as by the investment in a new multi-million pound training center – but we recognize that delivering a competitive team on a consistent basis at first-level is critical Team crucial to the underpinning is everything in the club.

“We are confident of agreeing a timely appointment following the recruitment process and remain focused on improving performance at first-team level to meet the expectations of our supporters and stakeholders.

“I want to thank all of our members, supporters and corporate partners for their continued unwavering support.”

Hodgson enjoyed a distinguished playing career as a full-back with Parramatta and Wests Tigers, with whom he won the NRL premiership in 2005.

He played in the Super League for Huddersfield, where he won the Man of Steel Award in 2009, and Warrington, with whom he won both the Challenge Cup and the Lance Todd Trophy.

Hull has also announced the departure of Hodgson’s assistant and longtime head of performance, Paul Hatton, and announced that a new head coach will be appointed “in the near future” to ensure he has a full pre-season to prepare the squad for 2023.

Former England and Great Britain manager Tony Smith, who is out of work after losing his job at Hull KR in July, is already among those linked with the vacancy. Hull head coach Brett Hodgson is leaving the club by mutual consent

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