Wakefield Wildcats closing in on new head coach

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WAKEFIELD Wildcats have announced that they hope to make a final decision on who will be the club’s new head coach “in the next few days”.

Wildcats chairman Andrew Glover and chief executive James Elston have been locked in talks with seven candidates for the position, which will be vacated by John Kear at the end of the current campaign.

And with all interviews now complete, the duo will hope to decide on the new head coach before Friday’s final game of Wakefield’s Super League season against Bradford Bulls at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

A statement from the club said: “The club is getting close to finalising the deal with a new Head Coach. All the interviews have taken place and Chief Executive James Elston and Chairman Andrew Glover are hoping to make the final decision in the next few days.

“We would like to apologise to all of the fans for this process taking so long, it is just so important that we get someone who can do the job correctly and someone that can share our enthusiasm and ambition.

“We have interviewed seven people for the job, both British and Australian, and there have been some outstanding people coming forward, which shows that the Rugby League community is starting to have faith in us again. Unfortunately, there is only one position for Head Coach, so there will be six disappointed people!

“We have been looking for a coach that can work to improve the skills and ability of our current squad, but also work to bring in new players (both through the academy and from other clubs) to help strengthen the team for the 2012 season and beyond. The new coach must also be able attract world class overseas players, and make this a place that people want to come to.”

The statement also confirmed the new coach will also be able to add his own new players to the squad on top of the players already signed for the 2012 season.

“All the Coaches we have interviewed have looked at the existing squad and the players we have signed, and they all agree we are starting to build a very competitive team. Obviously there are still places to fill and some existing players that need looking at for next year, but we won’t be signing anyone else until the Coach is in place.

“The new Coach will have funds to spend to bring in some extra quality in the places it’s needed, and although our recruitment has started late, there should still be some good pickings out there.”

See this week’s Wakefield Express Sport for all the latest on the new head coach appointment.