CONFIRMED: Michael Hagan quits as Eels coach
Parramatta Eels coach Michael Hagan
Citing family and health reasons, Hagan decided to turn his back on the final year of his contract with Parramatta.
The club called for the press conference after hearing of Hagan's decision at a board meeting last night.
Hagan, a premiership winning coach with the Newcastle Knights, came under fire following the Eels' lackluster season which resulted in them missing the finals.
However, Hagan said other reasons were responsible for his decision.
"My daughters are in their final years of high school in Newcastle and the constant travel was taking its toll," said Hagan in a statement.
"I've also got a number of issues with my personal health which I need to get sorted out.
"After much thought and discussion with those closest to me I decided it would be best to go now prior to the start of pre-season training."
The news arrives as a shock for players and fans since Hagan has not before expressed any signs of unhappiness or discontent.
Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald said the club was surprised by Hagan's decision but understood the reasoning for his decision and was sympathetic to his situation regarding his family and also his health.
Fitzgerald said the club would not be rushed as it began the search for his replacement but he expected to have a new head coach in place by Christmas.
Former Bulldogs steer Steve Folkes would be among the potential candidates, along with outgoing St Helens coach Daniel Anderson who has recently returned from a successful stint in the UK.
Hagan's assistant, David Fairleigh, could also come into consideration.