Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jukes Quits as Leigh Coach

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jukes Quits as Leigh Coach

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LEIGH Centurions head coach Neil Jukes has resigned from his position at the club after an 'emotional' discussion with owner Derek Beaumont.

The recently-relegated side have lost three of their first four Betfred Championship fixtures, most recently falling to a 32-26 defeat at home to 12-man Toulouse Olympique, despite leading 20-6 in the second half.

Assistant boss Kieron Purtill has been installed as caretaker coach, with Leigh now advertising the position.

After his playing career was cut short by injury, Jukes became a highly-regarded community coach and began coaching the Centurions' reserves in 2009, was assistant to Paul Rowley and then replaced the Toronto boss when he quit on the eve of the 2016 season."Since returning to Leigh I've been part of this club for nearly 10 years and I believe I've served it with distinction as assistant coach and head coach," said the 41-year-old. …

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