Warrington Wolves have confirmed the departure of head coach Daryl Powell by mutual consent following the 42-6 defeat to Wakefield.
Gary Chambers will take over on an interim basis, supported by Richard Marshall, until an appointment is made.
Powell, 58, was appointed as the club’s head coach ahead of the 2022 Super League campaign from Castleford Tigers.
In his debut season in charge, the club finished 11th place on the table, just above relegated Toulouse Olympique.
He guided the side to eight straight opening victories in 2023 with a place at the top of the Super League table. However, the side have claimed just a further three wins since, as well as the Challenge Cup knock out to 12-man Wigan Warriors in the quarter-finals.
The Round 20 defeat to Wakefield marked Warrington’s fifth consecutive Super League defeat, and their seventh in the last eight games.
Daryl Powell leaves by mutual consent
Warrington Wolves Chairman Stuart Middleton said: “We’d like to thank Daryl for his commitment and endeavours since joining the club last season but we feel the team now needs a different approach.
“Results and performances over the past 18 months have fallen short of the standard we expect and feel the club now needs to move in a new direction.
“We will now begin a thorough process to select a new Head Coach to take the club forward.
“We still firmly believe this playing group have the ability to compete at the highest level.”
Super League winning coach Justin Holbrook has become available after his sacking from Gold Coast Titans in June, although he has already held discussions with Newcastle Knights according to reports.
Warrington also expect to add at least one new player to their squad ahead of next week’s transfer deadline, with Thomas Mikaele linked with a return on loan from the NRL.