New Warrington Wolves interim head coach makes first big call

Following Daryl Powell’s dismissal from Warrington Wolves late on Sunday evening the club immediately announced that the man to take the reins on an interim basis would be Gary Chambers who is the Wire’s Head of Youth.

The statement surrounding Powell’s dismissal and Chambers immediate appointment was released at 9pm on Sunday evening and read as follows:

“Warrington Wolves can confirm that Daryl Powell has left his position as Head Coach by mutual consent along with Assistant Ryan Sheridan.

“The Club will now begin the process of selecting a new Head Coach with Gary Chambers in interim charge, supported by Richard Marshall, until an appointment is made.”

Chambers has now made the first key decision of his time in charge at the Halliwell Jones with the announcement being made that Riley Dean has been recalled on loan from Castleford Tigers.

The young half back had shone for Featherstone Rovers earlier in the season but with the Tigers needing help in the halves Dean was sent out on loan.

“t just so happened that the deal happened at the wrong time for Warrington as George Williams and Josh Drinkwater started to pick up knocks after Dean’s move, the club unable to recall until at least a two week period.

That has long passed though and with Dean impressing at Castleford and also the Wire squad potentially needing an injection of youth, the decision has been made.

Warrington announced the news via the club website.

“Warrington Wolves can confirm that Riley Dean has been recalled from his loan spell at Castleford Tigers with immediate effect.

“The half-back had been with the Tigers since mid-June after spending the first half of the 2023 season on loan to Featherstone Rovers.

“The 21-year-old will re-join his Wire teammates this week and is eligible for selection for Friday night’s game against Catalans Dragons.”

Whether he’ll feature on Friday night is unclear but it would be a big call for Chambers to throw him in against top of the table Catalans.

Cumbrian-born Chambers, 53, spent his entire rugby league playing career at Warrington between 1989 and 2000, playing 210 times for the club – including 94 Super League appearances before his retirement.

In April 2022, Chambers took a full-time role at the Halliwell Jones Stadium again as he was appointed Head of Youth, but he will now take on first-team head coach responsibilities for this Friday’s game in an unlikely turn of events for the former school teacher.