Cardiff Devils: Gerad Adams stops playing and Phil Hill released
Cardiff Devils player-coach Gerad Adams has retired as a player with immediate effect to concentrate fully on being head coach.
Adams will work alongside managing director Brent Pope on an interim basis and he said: "We think it's a really good plan."
"Things haven't been clicking for us and we couldn't put a finger on it," Adams told BBC Radio Wales.
"There needed to be a little shake-up and this is what we came up with."
2013-14 LEAGUE RESULTS
- Fife (A) W 5-2
- Belfast (H) L 2-7
- Braehead (H) L 3-4
- Dundee (A) L 0-7
- Belfast (H) L 1-4
- Edinburgh (A) W 3-1`
- Edinburgh (H) W 8-5
- Sheffield (A) L 3-6
"When you know what the problem is you can go and correct it but we haven't been able to know what it is - it's just through a lack of confidence in the players and it's one thing you can't just bottle up and feed them.
"We are going to bring in a player who is better than I am and I can fully accept that.
"I've always wanted to fully concentrate on the coaching so I'm really excited about the opportunity to do just that. To get a new face in and kind of upgrade it from the back end will be a big asset for us so it was a move that made sense."
The club have released Great Britain international winger Phil Hill following the side's inconsistent start to the season.
"It was again just a little bit of a shake-up just to get our team a different look and bringing a new import in, there had to be space created and again that was the decision that was made," Adams said,.
"I think it's a little bit on everybody - myself and the players should feel a little bit of that hit of Phil having to go.
"Everybody could have been better - if we are winning hockey games we are not talking about this right now and he's still here."
The Devils are currently seventh in the 10-team Elite League table with three wins and five defeats from their eight matches.