Jay Marriott has been sacked as Plymouth Raiders coach after a poor start to the BBL season.

The Devon outfit, bottom of the table with an 0-3 start, have named his former assistant, Australian Daryl Corletto, as his successor, as first reported by the Plymouth Herald.

Marriott’s position was understood to be under review last season, his second campaign in the job since a surprise promotion to replace Gavin Love on the eve of the 2013-14 term.

However there were persistent rumblings of discontent from his players amid a series of personnel changes, with the club’s owner Bob Widdecombe admits he has lost patience.

“We wanted to restructure the club’s coaching team, to allow the team the best chance to turn things around,” Widdecombe. “If we are serious about making a run at a respectable league position this season, something had to be done now. We have only played 3 league games, which is one of the fewest of any of the teams in the league. We didn’t want to sit back and allow half of the season to slip away.

“We now have to turn to Daryl and give him the support that he needs in order to lead this team back towards the top of the table. He has already established his credentials as both a player and a leader on the team, regularly winning the MVP award at games, and with his on court leadership as one of the captains on the team.”

Marriott, whose assistant Matt Hatchell is also thought to have left, did not respond to a request for comment.

34-year-old Corletto, who has no previous coaching experience amid a playing career in Australia and New Zealand that brought four NBL titles, becomes the Raiders fourth coach in six years.

“I want to work with the club’s owner and management team to change the culture around the team, get the support back from the fans and sponsors and make the Raiders the team to challenge the dominance of Leicester and Newcastle in recent years,” he said.

Elsewhere, London Lions have re-signed former NBA centre Olumide Oyedeji and released Jorge Ebanks.


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