Wakefield chairman opens up on potential new boss

Michael Carter has opened up to Rugby League Hub about who Wakefield could look to appoint as new head coach following the sacking of Chris Chester.

Willie Poching’s interim stint got off to the best start possible with a 28-22 victory over Warrington and the former Trinity and Leeds Rhinos forward has already thrown his hat into the ring to become Wakefield’s permanent boss.

Ex-Rhinos veteran coach Brian McDermott, Danny Ward and James Ford are also thought to be in the mix, but Carter isn’t ready to make a decision just yet.

“Willie is very capable and a confident coach, so it might be that he can see us through until the end of the season and maybe put himself in the frame.

“If he performs over the next five weeks, he certainly is going to put himself in the mix.

“I’ve fielded a lot of interest already, including from ex-Super League head and assistants, plus coaches from Australia, but we need to get the next appointment right.

“I certainly don’t want to rush into anything but, without naming names, I can tell you that we have some very good names who have put their hands up.”

The Trinity chairman believes the newest candidate needs a ‘special’ mindset.

“We will meet everybody, interview them and assess them all, and then make the right decision for Wakefield Trinity.

“I think it’s a special fit here and you do have to have a certain mindset.

“We are the underdogs and, if you come here, you’re not going to have fantastic training facilities.

“We provide the best that we can but there are always obstacles when you’re the head coach of Wakefield Trinity.

“It has to be the right person and that’s why it’s so important we take the time to find the right person.”

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