YORK City Knights will come up against a new Newcastle Thunder head coach next month following the resignation of Eamon O’Carroll.

A move to an as-yet-unnamed Betfred Super League club is on the cards for O’Carroll, Newcastle have said, bringing to an end his role with Thunder which began in November 2020.

The former Catalans Dragons assistant led Newcastle to safety in their first season in the Betfred Champion last year, finishing 11th.

But O’Carroll has struggled to turn the North East club into play-off contenders despite their move to a full-time set-up over the off-season.

The ex-Wigan Warriors prop leaves Newcastle with the side on a run of one win from their last eight matches, including a current four-matching losing streak.

Thunder are currently placed 10th in the table on 10 points, dwelling closer to the relegation zone than to the top six.

Director of rugby Denis Betts and assistant Michael Heap will take charge of the home clash with bottom club Workington Town on Sunday (3pm).

However a new coaching set-up may well be in place by the time that York face Newcastle at the Betfred Summer Bash on Sunday, July 31 (6.15pm).

The two sides have met twice already this season, with the Knights winning both meetings.

In late February, York dumped Newcastle out of the Betfred Challenge Cup 42-13 before beating Thunder 38-6 in the first of three scheduled league meetings this year.

After the Summer Bash meeting, the clubs meet for a fourth time in 2022 at Kingston Park on Saturday, September 3 (3pm).

O’Carroll said: “I’d like to say a massive thanks to the players and the staff.

"It has been a real privilege to be the head coach of a club and to see the change from the first day that I arrived to where the club is now.

"It’s been fantastic and I know it is only going to get better.

“To have been a small part of that success makes me happy and I just want to wish everyone the best.

"Thunder has a great group of players and I’ve enjoyed getting to know them, helping them develop and getting to know their families as well."