It's a sorry end for someone who has done so much for Huddersfield Giants for a decade.

Since bringing the curtain down on a highly-successful playing career at the end of the 2006 season, the former Great Britain prop has served the Giants coaching staff with distinction.

The 44-year-old, who achieved every domestic honour in the game during his time at Bradford Bulls and St Helens, cut his coaching teeth as assistant coach to Jon Sharp and Nathan Brown before landing the top job for the start of 2013.

And his first year couldn’t have gone any better.

Sharp and Brown – and initially Tony Smith during the pre-Anderson era – had earned their stripes helping to establish the Giants as a respected Super League force.

But it was Anderson who applied the finishing touch, guiding Huddersfield to their first top-of-the-table finish for 81 years as the men in claret and gold lifted the 2013 Super League Leaders Shield.

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Paul Anderson

Unfortunately, having helped the Giants secure major silverware in his first season in charge meant the pressure had immediately increased on Anderson to achieve even more in the seasons ahead – even if there was a general feeling within the game that the men from the John Smith’s Stadium were the game’s biggest over-achievers, given the resources at their disposal when compared with those of their major top-flight rivals.

Even though Anderson had helped to take the club ‘to the next level’, the dream of lifting the Super League Trophy at the Old Trafford Grand Final or Challenge Cup at Wembley has remained unfulfilled.

It looked as if the Giants were, however, getting a little closer to achieving Super League’s holy grail last season when they finished third at the end of the Super 8s.

They were looking in good shape heading into their semi-final clash at Wigan, but the Giants’ reputation as the big-game bottlers once again reared its ugly head as they were well beaten 32-8 at Wigan Warriors.

That was to prove to be the start of Anderson’s slippery slope.

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From then on, everything seemed to go wrong as Anderson – and the Giants – suffered their ‘annus horribilis’, which unfortunately reached its tragic conclusion with the death of 17-year-old Academy star Ronan Costello following an injury suffered during the Under 19s fixture against Salford last Saturday.

Everything obviously started to go wrong in pre-season when England international Brett Ferres was sacked by the club for off-field disciplinary reasons, and what many felt was a thin Giants 2016 squad was immediately shorn of one of its main assets – through no fault of Anderson or anyone else at the club.

That unsavoury episode shook the club to the core.

\ glum looking Huddersfield Giants' Head Coach Paul Anderson and Assistant Coach Kieron Purtill watch the latter part of the game First Utility Super League XXI Widnes v Huddersfield 29/05/16 (Pic by John Rushworth)

That in itself made the start of the season tough, but with a whole host of early-season injuries to senior players the Giants were on the back foot from the start.

Just one win was achieved in the opening 10 rounds, although it did appear as if things were starting to turn when four victories were achieved in the space of six weeks in April and May – three in the League and one in the Cup – to bring some hope that a place in the Super 8s could be secured, even if the Giants were still second bottom of the table.

But everything started to unravel in the second half at Widnes a week later.

After leading 16-0 just before half-time, the Giants fell apart to lose 24-20, were well beaten at home by Castleford Tigers five days later, and then suffered that 19-2 home loss to Wakefield on Sunday.

The final hooter was greeted by a chorus of boos as the Giants’ last hope of avoiding a place in the Middle 8s and the scrap to avoid relegation from Super League was virtually confirmed.

That reaction from the fans was possibly the final straw.