Four potential head coaches to take over at Wakefield Trinity following Willie Poching’s departure

Wakefield Trinity today announce that Head Coach Willie Poching and his Assistant, Francis Cummins, had left their posts.

Poching was appointed Trinity’s head Coach in August 2022 following the departure of Chris Chester and Cummins joined him in November as Assistant.

Chairman John Minards said: “When we appointed Willie as Head Coach, the nature of the arrangement was that we would review the position in 12 months’ time. Having reached the end of the 2022 playing season and secured our Super League status, the Board have carefully considered all aspects of the past 12 months and decided that we need a change in our coaching set up as we move forward.

These decisions are never easy and this one is particularly difficult given the tremendous effort, passion and energy Willie and Franny have both brought to the club. Willie Poching will always be a legend at Wakefield Trinity and I am personally very grateful for the way he has conducted himself in sometimes very difficult circumstances. Both he and Franny leave with our very best wishes for the future.”

But, who could replace Poching?

Brian McDermott

One out of left field, but Brian McDermott has been absent from Super League for a number of years following the demise of the Toronto Wolfpack. McDermott is currently at Featherstone Rovers and will be hoping to steer the West Yorkshire club to promotion, but the veteran boss faces a major onslaught from the Leigh Centurions. If he fails, could the former Leeds Rhinos man head to Wakefield? Stranger things have happened, but it would ensure that McDermott would be staying in West Yorkshire. There is no denying the ex-marine’s trophy-winning success, but it would be an altogether different challenge in trying to keep a side in the division – like he did with Harlequins RL.

Danny Orr

Exiting Salford Red Devils at the end of the season, Danny Orr has learned under Daryl Powell for a number of years as well as Paul Rowley in 2022 – it’s not exactly a bad mix of coaches to work under is it? The former Castleford cult hero has been waiting patiently for a chance as head coach and now this might be the perfect opportunity. The job would bring Orr back to West Yorkshire and it would be interesting to see if Wakefield would take a punt on the former Super League halfback.

Danny Ward

With one of the greatest challenges already done and dusted – earning promotion to Super League – Danny Ward was extremely unlucky not to keep London Broncos in the top flight following a stellar season back in 2019 with just points difference proving the deciding factor in the end. That being said, Ward has been out of rugby league for the past few seasons, taking a role in the 15-man code with Rosslyn Park, but it’s obvious that he has unfinished business in the 13-a-side game and Trinity could provide that. Ward would also bring some much-needed enthusiasm and vim and vigour to a club that was flirting with relegation for most of 2022.

James Ford

Whenever a job vacancy comes up, York City Knights boss James Ford is linked. Though he has a comfortable job at the moment with a great relationship with chairman John Flatman, there are times in sport when coaches and players need to push themselves out of their comfort zone – and Wakefield could be the place for Ford. He has consistently done well with York, reaching the play-offs in 2022 as well, with clamour that he will be heading for Super League at some point down the line – is that time now?

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