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Last Updated: Tuesday, 2 August 2005, 10:56 GMT 11:56 UK
Coach Abram leaves post at Leigh
Super League relegation favourites Leigh have parted company with coach Darren Abram by mutual consent.

Abram had hoped to stay on full-time next season, but the threat of imminent relegation has forced the club into a financial rethink.

Leigh are 11 points adrift at the bottom of Super League and will go down if they lose to Leeds on Sunday.

"Matters have resolved themselves amicably. I wish to thank all the players, staff and fans," he said.

Leigh said in a statement: "The board of directors wish to express their appreciation to Darren for his efforts over the last two seasons."

Abram, who only signed a new contract after leading Leigh to promotion last season, had another 18 months of his contract still to run.

It was like a marriage that needed a divorce. That has now happened but we have parted on good terms
Darren Abram

Leigh announced recently they would revert to a part-time playing staff but Abram had hoped to stay on full-time with his coaches in an attempt to winimmediate promotion.

Abram added: "I called a meeting with the club on Monday and gave them mybudget, which I thought would work.

"We had long discussions, for three-and-a-half hours, but we could not cometogether.

"In an ideal world the plan was to stay professional with my assistants to try to win promotion, working within the salary cap of the National League.

"We would have had that one-year contract and if it had not worked I would have been unemployed.

"But it was not to be and it was decided we go our separate ways. There was no point continuing with frustrated people not working together.

"It was like a marriage that needed a divorce. That has now happened but we have parted on good terms. There are no hard feelings, it was just right for everyone."

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