Hull FC have confirmed the departure of head coach Tony Smith with the Super League strugglers 11th in the table.

Smith had been in charge at the MKM Stadium since 2023 but results haven’t gone well, with the Black and Whites finishing tenth last season.

So far this season, FC have lost six of their seven league games and are out of the Challenge Cup. It’s the club’s worst start to the season since 1999.

Assistant coach Stanley Gene has also left the club, with Simon Grix and Francis Cummings taking charge on an interim basis.

Hull FC Chairman, Adam Pearson, said: “On behalf of everyone associated with Hull FC, I would like to thank Tony and Stan for their contribution to the club during their time with the first team.

“They have worked tirelessly and it is disappointing to have had to come to this decision, but it is one I feel is right at this time.

“I wish them both well for the future. There will be further restructuring of the club in the coming days and we will update further in due course.”

Tony Smith, added: “I want to wish the club and all of the players well for the future. It is disappointing not to see the job through which was always going to be a challenging project and I was relishing the opportunity to see it through.

“I wish everyone at the club the best for the future.”

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