Bradford Bulls set the relegation alarm bells ringing at Belle Vue with a comprehensive 42-20 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats earlier tonight.
Wakefield chief executive Steve Ferres said that he was pleased with the spirit shown by his players, despite a traumatic week, and that he was hoping the new coach would be in place sooner rather than later.
"Obviously a lot of work needs to be done and it is imperative that we get someone in place as soon as we possibly can" he said. "We'll definitely make an announcement next week.
"It's the worst week I have had in thirty five years of rugby league. It's been a traumatic week for the players as well. They did show some spirit there.
Ferres added that he was targeting the crunch derby with Castleford in a fortnight as a key game in the Wildcats' struggle for survival.
"We've got two weeks to prepare for our next game at Castleford. We'll just have to hope the results go our way this weekend and other teams don't get too far away."
Bradford head coach Steve McNanamara was happy that the Bulls had stuck to their game plan in a potentially tricky match.
He said: "We had to work extremely hard in the first half. We completed a lot of sets and forced them into some errors.
"We knew we had to start well, otherwise. if we got behind and the frenzy was whipped up, it would have been more of a struggle.
"I thought we were pretty efficient in the first half. We ground them down and that effectively won us the game. We set out with a plan and the players stuck to it."