Mercer on verge of Yorkshire Carnegie exit

Yorkshire Carnegie are understood to have sacked head coach Gary Mercer just three months into the Kiwi’s two-year contract.

Gary Mercer

He appears to have paid the price for a wretched opening to the campaign which has seen last season’s Championship’s play-off semi-finalists tumble to 10th in the table.

Carnegie have gone five league games without a victory but, more worryingly as they try to attract support following their name change from Leeds, have still yet to win at home this term.

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Friday’s dire 19-19 Headingley draw against bottom-placed Plymouth Albion, a side that lost all seven of its previous Championship fixtures this term, saw the frustrated board act.

Given some players had already publicly questioned Mercer’s tactics - the 48-year-old only appointed a fortnight before the season - it was no surprise.

Forwards coach Tommy McGee is set to be in charge for this Friday’s B&I Cup game at Aberavon with Mercer leaving having delivered just two Championship wins back in September.