Parramatta on the look-out for new coach

Michael Hagan has resigned his job as head coach of the Parramatta club one year short of completing his three-year contract, citing family and personal health reasons.

Hagan has told a press conference his daughters are in their final years of high school in Newcastle and the constant travel was taking its toll.

Hagan also said he's got a number of issues with his personal health which he needs to get sorted out.

The former Newcastle coach has been under pressure after the Eels performed poorly this year, missing the finals when big things were expected after they made the grand final qualifier in 2007.

Eels chief executive Denis Fitzgerald says he expects to have a new head coach in place by Christmas after a thorough search.

Former NZ Warriors coach Daniel Anderson has already been touted as a possible replacement as he's returning to Australia without a job after a successful stint with St Helens.