Daryl Powell agrees deal to take over Wakefield Trinity

It has been reported by the likes of the Examiner Live that Wakefield Trinity are set to appoint former Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell.

This comes after the club’s relegation as their 25 year stay in Super League ends with a return to the Championship.

The club are set for a new era with talk of new owners who are the ones who want Daryl Powell in the hot seat.

On Sky Sports, Jenna Brooks has confirmed that Powell has agreed a deal with the perspective owners of the club.

The takeover has now been completed and the club have confirmed an intention to appoint Powell.

On this, Applegarth said on BBC Radio Leeds: “My job is to be head coach of Wakefield Trinity until I am told otherwise so I have gone about my business like I would every other week.

“Sport is all about opinion and people will say whatever opinion they want in terms of that.

“I’m not an idiot, I know there has been a lot of noise behind the scenes but until I am told otherwise I will do my job to the best of my ability.

“There is talk about the takeover and when the time is right I am sure the club will announce all that sort of stuff.

“But personally from my point of view I will just do my job to the best of my ability until I am told otherwise.

“It is part and parcel of the life and of sport. You shouldn’t be in these jobs if you can’t handle that sort of speculation. You just get on with your job.

“It is part of sport. It is nothing personal and it is speculation and if there substance behind it, then it is what it is and I will just crack on with my own job.”

Applegarth spoke about relegation last week:

“I don’t think I can. I’m a bit hurt if I’m honest. Obviously as head coach it’s my responsibility. I feel that on my shoulders a bit. I’m a bit raw at the moment if I’m honest with you.

“We’ve just spoke there after we’d been on the pitch over to the fans who came over, which I can’t thank him enough for, and it’s not effort that I’m questioning.

“We’ve been sat in 26 or 27 of these now all year and I’ve said the same things about skill, execution and composure in key moments. How they’ve gone about the business today, going in, I think we were at 50% completion in that first half.

“To go in at 12-6, we spoke about a bit of composure and getting down there and I can’t have asked for more and I would have done that. We were up at about 90% in that second half.

“Again, we’ve had our chances and ultimately Leigh took theirs when we got it. It hurts, it’s raw. As head coach, especially of your home town club, it’s not a nice feeling and I’ll take full responsibility for that.

“But one thing I will guarantee is that Wakefield Trinity will be back. We will be back, but yeah, it stings. It stings a lot.”