MIRFIELD Stags have parted company with head coach Richard Silverwood after he opted to stand down from his position with immediate effect.
The rugby league referee, who took over coaching reins back in 2014 when the club was first launched, departs having guided his hometown team to last year’s Grand Final before helping to seal a league title during the team’s debut winter campaign.
He said: “I have very much enjoyed my time with the club, it has been a pleasure being part of the Mirfield Stags journey.
“However, in the short term, the time has come for me to focus on my career.”
The experienced Super League referee is currently serving a suspension pending an investigation by the Rugby Football League.
The last game Silverwood (pictured above) officiated was at the Magic Weekend back in May, when Hull FC faced Hull KR.
This is the third suspension Silverwood has served after being investigated for an alleged leak of information back in 2009 and an off-the-field incident in 2011.
Former England international Francis Maloney has been appointed as Silverwood’s successor as head coach of the Stags.
His first game in charge will be tonight’s Yorkshire Men’s League Premier Division clash between Mirfield and Sharlston Rovers at Hillrich Park.
The 43-year-old former Batley and Dewsbury star, said: “It’s certainly an honour to be approached and I am delighted to have been given the opportunity.
“I will assess the situation over the next few weeks and then make a long-term decision on the role at the end of the season.
“There are some great structures in place here, so I don’t need to rock the boat too much.
“Tonight’s game against Sharlston will be extremely tough but we will enter it with immense confidence and I know the boys will be bang up for it.”