Whitehaven appoint new head coach

James Gordon

Whitehaven have appointed former Workington boss Gary Charlton as their new head coach.

Charlton played for all four Cumbrian clubs – Whitehaven, Workington, Carlisle and Barrow – during his playing career and was coach at Workington between 2009 and 2014.

Haven chairman, Tom Todd, said: “For me he was the stand-out candidate.He will bring a no-nonsense approach to the club, which is good.

“And obviously his pedigree is rugby league is excellent. He did a good job at Workington Town and he is well known and respected in the amateur game.
“We hope that he can help us build bridges with the amateur clubs.
“His dad was one of the finest Cumbrians ever to pull on a rugby jersey – Paul Charlton was rugby royalty so Gary has been brought up with the game.
“We are all looking forward to him coming down and putting his imprint on the club.
“And the fact that he knows times are hard but he is still willing to take the job on, knowing that we are not flush with money, says a lot about the man.”
Charlton has also coached Egremont Rangers and Maryport in the National Conference League.
He will be assisted by Jonty Gorley and Scott McAvoy.