I WAS somewhat bemused when Wakefield Trinity Wildcats announced pre-season that their newly-appointed coach Richard Agar was “head and shoulders” above the other candidates.
Excuse me? With serial Grand Final winners Brian Noble and Ian Millward available?
Not to mention the previous incumbent John Kear, twice Challenge Cup winner as a coach.
Considering the resources available to him, John Kear overachieved in every single year of his tenure as Wakefield coach.
Having won the Challenge Cup with Hull in his former job he was sacked a few months later and replaced by Agar who over the next five years won precisely...nothing.
As a lifelong Trinity supporter I was hoping the new management knew something about Agar which the rest of us didn’t.
Sadly the evidence so far this season proves otherwise. The last six games have seen Wakefield comprehensively outplayed by the then two bottom clubs in Super League – London Broncos and Castleford Tigers – and thrashed by Wigan, Leeds and St Helens, with only a narrow win against Salford City Reds to show for it.
The new management deserve the highest praise for their efforts to turn round the fortunes of the club.
Those efforts will be wasted if they are not matched on the field.
The sooner Richard Agar is replaced by John Kear, the quicker that turnaround will be achieved.
High Hoyland Lane
Editor’s Note: Richard Agar will be at a fans’forum at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium next Thursday evening. More details on www.wakefieldexpress.co.uk next week.