Castleford Tigers confirm timeframe for new head coach appointment

Ben Olawumi
Mend-A-Hose Jungle - Castleford - Alamy

Castleford Tigers' home, the Mend-A-Hose Jungle - Alamy

Castleford Tigers have confirmed that they will have announced who their new head coach will be by Wednesday at the latest.

The Tigers, currently only off the bottom of the Super League table, relieved Andy Last of his duties after last Friday’s heavy home defeat to Huddersfield Giants.

Last had already replaced Lee Radford, who started the year at the helm, first taking over as an interim and then permanent.

The ‘Last’ roll of the dice

Former Hull FC man Last had already replaced another ex-Black and White in the dugout at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in the form of Lee Radford.

Taking permanent charge in April, Last only won four of his 19 games in charge this term, equivalent to circa 21%.

Following his departure, Cas’ short statement read: “Castleford Tigers can confirm that Andy Last has departed the club with immediate effect.

“The club will make a further statement after the weekend.”

Castleford Tigers confirm timeframe for appointment announcement

In another short statement released earlier this afternoon, the club provided the promised update. They said: “The club are hopeful of providing an announcement regarding who will take on the role by Wednesday this week.

“We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Fords faithful for their support and patience at this time.”

With the Super League schedule pausing for the Challenge Cup final this week, Cas and 10 other clubs have more time than usual to prepare for their next fixture.

It’s a big one for the Tigers as they take on Wakefield Trinity, the side who currently sit bottom of the pile on the ladder, and the side who are level on points with them having each won just four games all year to date.

If the appointment does take place on Wednesday, the appointed coach would have a nine-day lead into that trip to Wakefield, a hugely important clash at the foot of the table.

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