Iestyn Harris has decided to stand down as coach of Wales
Last Updated: 09/04/14 6:17pm
Iestyn Harris thinks he has taken Wales as far as he can
Wales are hunting for a new coach after Iestyn Harris announced that he has decided to step down.
The 37-year-old Harris has just been named the new head coach of Super League club Salford Red Devils and, when he was unveiled at a press conference on Wednesday, he revealed that he was resigning his Wales position.
Harris has been at the helm for almost five years and Wales won back-to-back European Cups in 2009 and 2010, qualifying for the 2011 Four Nations in the process but, despite home advantage, they lost all three matches in the 2013 World Cup.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Wales Rugby League," said Harris.
"It was a tough decision for me and I thought long and hard about it, but I feel that I have taken Wales as far as I could.
"The highlights for me were coaching Wales in the Four Nations against England, Australia and New Zealand, the latter at Wembley Stadium.
"I had already made this decision before taking the role at Salford, but this news will now allow me to concentrate fully on being a head coach for a Super League club on a day-to-day basis."
Wales Rugby League board member Chris Thair thinks the vacant post will attract a strong candidate.
"Iestyn Harris has been a consummate professional as head coach of Wales Rugby League and we have all enjoyed some fantastic sporting moments and occasions during his tenure," he said.
"His endeavours have certainly helped to move the national team forward over the last few years. We are now in a better position for that and that is all we could have asked for.
"The decision was amicable. We'd like to thank Iestyn for all his hard work and wish him well in his new role.
"Whilst we have spoken to people already, Wales Rugby League will now begin the formal process of appointing a new head coach.
"The now vacant position will no doubt interest many, as we have exciting challenges ahead in the European Championships at the end of the year, and an annual calendar that will lead towards the 2017 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand."