The IMS Payroll Hawks has released its coach Liam Flynn, with immediate effect.
He will be replaced by long standing player and co-captain Paora Winitana.
IMS Payroll chairman David Aflallo said it was a tough decision and wasn’t just due to the results on the court but more importantly about “not being the right fit for our organisation”.
Mr Aflallo said everyone within the franchise - the board, management and team had worked hard for some time on the teams culture and spirit.
“Everyone has worked hard to continue the culture that’s been synonymous with the IMS Payroll Hawks but unfortunately we’ve struggled to do so, therefore it’s with regret that we are releasing Liam.
“It’s not about Liam as a coach, he has a fine track record, it’s about how we all embrace a culture that’s been part of our make up for a very long time.
Hawks general manager Tanya Dearns believes the team still have a slim chance of making the NBL finals, but must win all their remaining games while also relying on results of opposition teams.
Dearns said it was a big step up for Winitana to player/coach but he has been part of the franchise for many years and has been instrumental in the creation of the culture.
“Paora is an icon in the game. He has the respect of his fellow teammates and we will put a good support network around him, with assistant coach George Galanopoulos staying on board.
“It’s been a tough decision for him to take on the role and not one that he sought, but one he will take on as a new challenge.