An emotional John Morris has broken his silence since being brutally sacked by the Sharks to be replaced by Craig Fitzgibbon in 2022.
Speaking with Channel 9s Danny Weidler Morris was close to tears as he spoke about the fallout from having the final year of his deal at the club cut short.
“They are the ones (family) that probably do it tougher than me,” Morris told Channel Nine.
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“It is hard to come through the door and tell my boys I’m no longer the Sharks coach.
“It is quite devastating to be honest. It is quite surreal I didn’t think I would be in this position.”
Morris became emotional when speaking about his love for the club and his playing group as well as his plans for the future.
“Yeah it is tough to take,” Morris said.
“I love this club and I have given the last 10 years of my life to the club and I had big plans for the club.”
Morris also revealed he maintains that he felt he was a good chance of retaining his position at least for the rest of this year and possibly beyond after a crunch meeting with the Sharks on Monday.
“I think I used the word encouraging,” Morris said.
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“The door was left open there and I don’t want to question the club on what happened, but after what happened 24 hours later I was terminated.”
Even after hearing he would be replaced by Fitzgibbon after this season, Morris still held out hope of finishing out his contract.
“Of course I would I am not a quitter,” Morris said.
“I wasn’t going to quit on this playing group and I said as much to the boys on Monday that I am here for the long haul.”
Morris revealed it is still a mystery to him why he was sacked and was disappointed with claims by the club as to the reasons for his contract being torn up.
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“It is not too clear to me at the moment,” Morris said.
“I asked questions around it, but I felt that the decision was made.
“It is disappointing, but I’ve got to move on now. I don’t want to be a distraction to the playing group.”
Morris conceded he would have liked more success against top eight teams, but refuted suggestions he can’t attract stars to join the club.
“I would have liked to have beaten a few more of those top eight teams of course I would,” Morris said.
“But I think that is an unfair criticism. We didn’t have a salary cap to go out into the market simple as that.
“I have learned a lot from this and hopefully I am a better person that will enable me to jump into my next opportunity whenever that comes up.”
Morris finished his first stint as a head coach with 24 wins from 51 games for a win percentage of 47.1 with two finals appearances.
Originally published as‘Quite devastating’: Emotional Morris breaks silence on Sharks sacking
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