Keighley Cougars announced recently they have parted company with head coach Rhys Lovegrove with immediate effect as confirmed on the club’s Facebook page.
CEO Ryan O’Neill said: “We would like to thank Rhys for his commitment and service to the club and it is disappointing that results have not reflected the hard work and commitment that he has undoubtedly shown. He leaves with our very best wishes.”
Rhys Lovegrove said: “Having been at the club 4 years it has been a honour and privilege to lead the club as head coach. I would like to thank the performance staff, some often going above and beyond, and the players and I wish all concerned the very best for the future.”
Assistant Coach and Jamaica International, Jy-mel Coleman will take over as head coach on an interim basis with the support of Jordie Hedges, Dean Muir and Jake Webster who steps up as Director of Rugby.
Now at a fan Q and A, the decision behind this shock departure was fully explained:
“The board were not happy with performances in consideration to the on field spend.
“Ryan confirmed it was a very tough call but one he had to make because they are ambitious owners and want to win. This decision was made because we are ambitious and feel where we are now is not good enough.
“Ryan set out his respect for Rhys, and considered him a friend and a very talented person. The decision was made because of the time and money that is going into the club, it’s extremely hard to watch games like Batley away (cup) and Toulouse home (league).
Ryan expressed that being 9th place and out of the Cup is just not good enough.
“Ryan wishes Rhys well and has confidence that he will find another role in the sport as he is extremely talented.
“Ryan expressed a feeling that something wasn’t quite clicking and that while he didn’t want to part ways with Rhys, it is Ryan and his family’s responsibility as a custodian of the Cougars to take care of the club, and the coaches head is always on the line in sport.
“Ryan confirmed he had faith in Jy-mel and his coaching team to put things right.”