Fylde Rugby player/head coach Paul Arnold has announced he will be relinquishing his coaching duties at the end of the season.
The former Sedgley Park, Orrell, Nottingham & Moseley lock joined Fylde in 2010-11 and has made 170 first team appearances in the subsequent seven seasons scoring 55 tries. He became Forwards Coach under previous Head Coach Mark Nelson before taking over that lead role towards the end of the 2014-15 season and continuing his playing duties.
Fylde Chairman Dave Young said on the club’s website: “Paul’s decision to relinquish the Head Coach role has surprised us. However, we understand his reasons and thank him for the immense contribution he has made as both player and coach since 2010.
“He’s a big character in every sense. Since he succeeded Mark Nelson, he has been particularly successful in introducing talented young players into the first team squad, which has always been part of the Fylde philosophy in the past, present and future.”
During a seven year spell at the Woodlands, the club initially won promotion to National One and then consolidated its status amongst the top 40 clubs in England.
Arnold helped to maintain Fylde’s National One status on a limited budget and drove the development of a genuinely competitive second team.
Arnold stated on the club’s website: “There are a number of reasons for my decision but, essentially, the time is right to move on and spend some time with my young family and look for a new challenge.
“Taking the reins at a club with the prominence of Fylde was never going to be easy. Moving from a player to player/head coach has been a stressful learning curve at times but it was always fun and I believe it’s made me a far more effective coach.
“We now attract the best young talent in the county and I believe some of these players will achieve great things at Fylde.”
The deadline for applications for the Head Coach role will end on Friday 7 April.