Joe Westerman has told the Yorkshire Post that he believes Chris Chester’s sacking was the wrong decision.
Chester was given his marching orders by the club just two days after his Trinity side had squandered an 18-0 lead at Huddersfield to lose 22-18.
That was Wakefield’s 13th loss in 17 games of the Super League season, but Chester was apparently close to signing a new deal before being cut adrift.
And, Westerman – who will be joining local rivals Castleford from next season – is not happy about the decision.
“I didn’t see it coming, Westerman told the Yorkshire Post.
“I am gutted. After the last 18 months we’ve had with Covid, no fans in grounds, players dropping out and us playing games when we should have called them off, I do think it’s a tough one.
“I have found it difficult as Chez wasn’t just my coach but a good mate, too.
“I owe him a lot as he has helped me get my love for the game back and he’s helped me get back into the England squad as well.
“There’s a lot you have to look at but, personally, I don’t think it was the right thing to do.
“I do, though, understand why (CEO) Michael (Carter), (chairman) John (Minards) and the board came up with the decision.
“When we’ve been losing, we’ve had too many individuals just not at their best.
“When you have four or five like that and you lose, do you get rid of the four or five or the one (coach)?”
Wakefield are in action again this weekend as they host Warrington, with assistant coach Willie Poching taking charge in the meantime.
Trinity currently have a win percentage of just over 23, highlighting the trouble the West Yorkshire club finds themselves in.
Serious About Rugby League have released just six contenders who could be in the running for the job on a permanent basis, with former Leeds favourite Brian McDermott included.