James Hamilton is out as player-coach of Cheshire Jets after less than a month in the job with Chez Marks named as his replacement on an interim basis.

The American, who was a shock choice for the role when John Lavery was replaced on the eve of the new season, was suspended at the weekend following what club officials claims was an altercation at a junior game.

Hamilton was returning to the sport after a two-year retirement which followed a suspension due to a positive drug test but he has swiftly resigned.

“James Hamilton has ceased to be player coach of the Cheshire Jets,” said Jets owner Hadyn Cook.

“I am really sorry that James is leaving the club, he was already a legend at the Jets, and over the last month James has played a key part in getting the Jets back on court. He has worked day and night, and put his heart and soul into the future of the Jets, We will be the poorer without him.”

Team manager Andy Green was forced to fill in during Sunday’s trouncing by Worcester but the move, which was first reported by the Cheshire Chronicle, will call into question the judgement of new owner Cook in appointing the veteran in the first place.

Marks will be in charge when Cheshire travel to Plymouth on Friday.


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