Super League: Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has been "stood down", with the club beginning their search for a new head coach.
Huddersfield Giants have sacked head coach Paul Anderson following a disappointing Super League campaign.
Anderson had been with Huddersfield since 2006, rising through the backroom ranks before taking charge of the first team midway through the 2012 campaign.
The head coach guided the Giants to the League Leaders Shield for the first time in 81 years in his first full campaign at the helm.
Huddersfield reached the semi-finals in 2015 but sit joint-bottom of Super League with Leeds Rhinos, eight points adrift of a place in the Super 8s.
After a 10-2 defeat at home to Wakefield Wildcats last weekend, the Giants have decided to dismiss Anderson and assistant coach Kieron Purtill with immediate effect.
"It is with great sadness that we make this change involving two individuals who have previously taken the club to its greatest achievements since the 'Team of All Talents'," said chairman Ken Davy in a statement.
"Unfortunately the simple fact is that the results this year have not been satisfactory and the Giants are not performing to the level that anyone associated with the club expects.
"We are not a hiring and firing club by nature and we have done everything possible behind the scenes to support the team and the staff in their quest for success."
Head of youth Andy Kelly will take charge of the first team with immediate effect, but a long-term replacement will be sought by the club.
"The search for a new head coach begins now however we are fortunate to have a man so highly respected in all areas of the game as Andy Kelly to take the first team forward in the very immediate future," Davy added.