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Gary Kemble has quit as New Zealand rugby league coach, a week after senior players said they had no confidence in him.

Kemble, who succeeded Brian McClennan as New Zealand coach in mid-2007, announced his resignation by written statement after just 155 days in the job.

Kiwi captain Roy Asotasi led a player uprising last week when called for former Australia coach Wayne Bennett to be given an advisory role in the New Zealand management structure.

"As a former Kiwi player it was very disappointing to see the way they handled the issue," said Kemble.

"They could have gone through other channels. It's in New Zealand rugby league's best interests that I should step aside."

In only five matches in charge, Kemble led New Zealand to a record 58-0 loss to Australia, a 3-0 series whitewash by Britain and an unimpressive win over France.

Bennett, who recently coached the All Golds, had indicated prior to Kemble's announcement he was interested in some role.

Source: Agencies