Warrington chairman ‘didn’t like’ how people were treated under Daryl Powell

Warrington Wolves chairman Stuart Middleton has stated that a lot of decisions during Daryl Powell’s tenure ‘didn’t sit right’ with him, as he spoke of the club’s decision to fire Powell in an interview with BBC Radio Merseyside.

The former Castleford boss was relieved of his duties on Sunday night after a woeful display at bottom club Wakefield Trinity compounded the Wolves to their sixth straight defeat.

It has been a fall from grace for Wire who were top the of the table for much of the first half of the campaign, having started the season with eight consecutive victories.

But their recent form saw the fans turn at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, with similarities starting to appear that saw the club finish last season 11th, as Powell struggled in his first season at the helm.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but probably, yes, we got it wrong [appointing Powell],” said Middleton. “We’ve got to look at ourselves as well and look at what we got wrong.

“I think we had too many changes, too quick. I think the way we treated people wasn’t quite right either – it didn’t sit with me very well.”

Middleton was also critical of the recruitment under Powell, believing that he and the rest of the members on the Cheshire club’s board gave Powell too much control.

“I think last year getting rid of so many players and I don’t think we brought the right players in and we’ve ended up short in the forwards.

“Last year’s results were very disappointing after putting all the resources in place and I think we’ve learned now that in the future we’ve got to ask a lot more questions and not just give someone a free rein and let them do what they want.

“We have to challenge things if we think something is not right, and it’s clear we didn’t get it right last year, we need to make sure we don’t go through that procedure again.”