NRL set to make call on Cronulla’s Shane Flanagan’s coaching future later today

The NRL is expected to announce its decision whether to sanction Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan later today.

Flanagan's immediate coaching future is in doubt after allegedly communicating with club officials while banned from the game in 2014.

NRL boss Todd Greenberg is believed to have proposed a punishment to the ARL Commission at a meeting on Tuesday.

It is understood Flanagan is facing another hefty suspension and fine, and there are suggestions he could be suspended for more than 12 months.

The governing body declined to comment on the matter on Tuesday.

Any ban would force the Sharks to hire a new head coach, with a number of candidates already being mentioned as possible appointments.

Manly coach Trent Barrett is reportedly an option, as is Sharks current assistant John Morris and Sydney Roosters counterpart Adam O'Brien.

The NRL did release a statement regarding other agenda items from the meeting, headed by the recent spate of alleged violence against women.

Five players have been charged by police, forcing the NRL to act by actioning an audit of steps taken by clubs to address issues of violence against women.

A report is expected to be in front of the Commission in the new year.

"The Commission, together with the NRL, reiterated that the game will continue to take a strong stance to combat violence against women," the statement read.

"The Commission agreed as a priority, to ensure that appropriate action is being taken across the game to deal with recent instances of violence against women."

The ARLC board also ticked off on a number of rule changes to be introduced in time for next season, including reducing the shot clock on scrums and drop-outs.

Parameters are also likely to be set around sin-bin and send-off use.

"These are important announcements that ensure our game develops and improves," ARLC chairman Peter Beattie said.

Sharks coach Shane Flanagan. Vodafone Warriors v Cronulla Sharks, Round 21 of the 2017 NRL Rugby League Premiership season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 28 July 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay /
Sharks coach Shane Flanagan. Source: Photosport