Worcester Wolves have placed Tony Garbelotto in interim charge as head coach Ty Shaw takes an extended leave.

The American was hospitalised at half-time during a road game at Sheffield Sharks in early January and is still taking some time to recover.

Garbelotto, who served as a consultant to London City Royals at the start of the campaign, will take over for an initial one month spell with Felix Hallam as his assistant after Dean Blake also stepped aside pending the arrival of his first child.

It marks a return to the BBL for the Londoner who abruptly departed his roles in charge of Glasgow Rocks and Great Britain mid-way through last season amid an as-yet unexplained disciplinary process.

He previously coached domestically at Newcastle Eagles, Birmingham Bullets and Everton Tigers, where he won the treble in 2010-11.

He said: “I am excited about joining the Worcester organisation on a temporary basis. Although the club has struggled with results this season, there is a huge amount of talent and high level players on the roster and I hope I can help them to continue to work towards achieving their potential”

With Worcester struggling at the bottom of the BBL, Wolves Managing Director Mick Donovan signalled a need for quick changes.

“Tony has a proven track record at all levels as an excellent coach and his appointment sends out a clear message that we are still fighting to win every game that we can and repay the support of our passionate fan base. We sincerely appreciate Tony’s support and experience at this time as we await the return of Ty.”

Garbelotto will be on the sideline at Friday’s home game against Newcastle Eagles before travelling to Manchester Giants on Sunday.

Pic: Mansoor Ahmed

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