NEWPORT supremo Craig Warlow will end a four-year spell in the Rodney Parade hotseat at the end of the season after deciding to step down as head coach.

Former fly-half Warlow, who took charge of the Black and Ambers following Sven Cronk’s departure, was named Principality Premiership coach of the year in 2018.

“Craig has been hugely influential in recent years as he has moulded together a talented, professional and tight squad that have competed successfully in both the Welsh Premiership and cup competitions,” said a club statement.

“Craig joined the club as backs coach and then took the reins as head when Sven Cronk stepped down.

“Craig’s dedicated approach to analysis of both our and other teams’ performances and his attention to detail have rubbed off on the team and led to improved performances on the park and the development of many individuals who have progressed their rugby careers under him.

“These are big boots to fill and news regarding a replacement will be posted in due course.

“Craig leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Newport RFC including the board, management, coaches, backroom staff, players and supporters, and will always receive a warm welcome back at Rodney Parade.”

Warlow guided Newport to the final of the WRU National Cup last season and will take charge of his final game when Llandovery visit Rodney Parade on May 4.