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Chris Chester opens up on the abuse suffered as Wakefield coach

Chris Chester has spoken out for the first time since his Wakefield dismissal, highlighting how the increasing abuse left him questioning his position before he was sacked according to Rugby League Live.

Chester had been in charge since March 2016 and led Trinity to their best ever Super League finishes in 2017 and 2018. However, Trinity had only won four games this season with the former Hull KR boss at the helm.

Now though, Chester has spoken to Rugby League Live about how the break from coaching will do him and his family good after the abuse had taken its toll.

“It’s a good opportunity to sit back, take stock and spend some time with my family,” Chester revealed.

“It’s not nice for the kids or my wife to hear or see the nasty things that are being said. People don’t understand the effect that has on people, not just me. How is that right? I really don’t understand that at all.

“There’s some people who write stuff online that have no regard or care about what they’re saying. They say it behind a keyboard after a few pints. But the club have given me some impeccable support throughout all that. The abuse is definitely something I won’t miss though.

Chester also outlined that there are no hard feelings with chairman Michael Carter and that the two will remain friends beyond the professional situation.

“I’ve made friends for life. I had a drink with a few of the players and staff on Tuesday – you form bonds and friendships which will last forever. Michael and I will always have a friendship no matter what. But this situation, leaving.. I think it’s a bit of a blessing in a way, for both me and the club.”

The former Trinity boss echoed the same sentiment when announcing Chester’s departure last week.

“Chez will be remembered as a success at this Club, and one who always had its best interests at heart. I wish him every success for the future,” Carter said.

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