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Rob Wiley quits as East Fremantle coach

East Fremantle will be on the hunt for a new coach for 2019 after Rob Wiley announced he wouldn’t be extending his tenure beyond this year.

Wiley, who will see out the season, informed the playing group of his decision to resign on Tuesday night.

It has been a horror start to the year for the injury-hit Sharks with just two wins from 11 matches, despite a huge pre-season recruiting spree.

“I have been coaching the club for three years now and was certainly hopeful of attaining much better results. Yes, we have had a terrible run with injuries, but regardless of this fact, clearly the playing group have not achieved the results that we would have liked or accepted,” Wiley said in a statement.

“I am a realist and these results aren’t what the club and members expected, so I must put the club first and allow them to search for a replacement for the 2019 season. I sincerely thank the club for giving me the opportunity to be their senior coach for the past three years and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the board, players, coaches, members and volunteers of this great club, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be.”

The club opted against appointing a caretaker coach for the remainder of the season while they look for Wiley’s replacement.

The Sharks have the bye this weekend before taking on Claremont in Geraldton on June 30.

More to come.

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