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Melbourne Renegades coach David Saker was sacked after a poor BBL season

The Melbourne Renegades have sacked their BBL coach, David Saker.

The Victorian first took over at the ‘Gades in 2015 but left after a season when he was called up to Australian national duties as fast bowling coach.

Saker returned to the Melbourne franchise in 2021, having led it to a finals berth just once in his three seasons in charge.

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The Renegades finished last in BBL 11 and penultimate in BB13, with just three wins in the season just ended.

Melbourne Renegades general manager James Rosengarten said the club expects better.

“The Renegades as a club, and our members and fans, have very high expectations,” he said in a statement.

“Our performance this season did not match our commitment to ultimately achieving success.

“It was therefore in the club’s best interests that we make changes that give us the best chance of success in the future – that includes a change in leadership in our senior coaching position.”

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 04: Renegades head coach David Saker speaks to the team during the BBL match between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium, on January 4, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Daniel Pockett - CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – JANUARY 04: Renegades head coach David Saker speaks to the team during the BBL match between Melbourne Renegades and Hobart Hurricanes at Marvel Stadium, on January 4, 2024, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images) Credit: Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Image

Saker still had a contract until the end of the 2024/25 season, but that contract has now been broken.

“On behalf of the club and our players, I would like to thank David for his service to the Renegades over four seasons,” said Rosengarten.

“We recognize the energy and experience he brings to the role, and we thank him for his efforts and passion.”

Saker has also had coaching roles with England, Sri Lanka, the United States and Victoria.