We’re approaching two weeks since Castleford Tigers stunned the rugby league world when they parted company with Lee Radford after just three games.
It came after three defeats including Radford’s worst as Castleford boss against Wigan Warriors.
That would prove to be his last game.
In the statement made it was said that the two parties were headed in different directions leading to speculation that Radford already had a role lined up and this speculation has only been furthered by reports suggesting he had a move lined up to the NRL as an assistant for 2024 and thus his departure was a mere acceleration of that.
Now Sky Sports pundit Jon Wilkin has outlined what he really thinks happened on the Out of Your League Podcast.
“He’s not been sacked. It said mutual consent and I believe that,” he said before saying the Tigers have started the season “like a bag of s**t”.
“Lee Radford was leaving at the end of this season anyway, they’ve started this season like a bag of s**t and then Lee Radford has gone into a meeting with them.
“But you go into a meeting a board level in a situation like that and it’s like ‘well what do you want to do?’
“Then it gets to a point where Radford has said ‘well it’s probably best that I step aside now, take all of my money up until October, November and you give Andy Last the opportunity – that’s what’s happened realistically.
“It’s nothing more than that. It’s not like ‘or by the way we’re getting rid of you’. He’s come to negotiate a contract, he doesn’t want to negotiate a contract because he wants to leave, the club have decided to go another way very quickly.”