Widnes Vikings part company with head coach Simon Finnigan

Widnes Vikings can confirm that the Club has parted company with head coach Simon Finnigan by mutual consent.

The club released a statement, saying: “We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Simon for his efforts during his time as head coach since joining in November 2020.

“Simon’s efforts as head coach at Widnes Vikings are greatly appreciated, and he leaves with our best wishes for the future.

“The squad has been blighted by injuries in recent weeks, but we recognise that results have not been good enough regardless of the circumstances.

“Performance Manager Ryan O’Brien will be supported by senior players and staff within the Club as interim head coach while the search for a new permanent head coach commences.:

Widnes currently sit in eighth in the Championship with four wins from nine games.

It also follows the news earlier on today that Bradford Bulls have parted company with John Kear.

Kear has been head coach at Odsal since 2018 – when he secured promotion back to the Betfred Championship at the first time of asking courtesy of a play-off final victory over Workington Town.

He led the Bulls to a famous Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos in 2019 and last year, the club recorded its highest league finish in six years, securing a play-off berth in the process.

Bradford Bulls Chairman Nigel Wood said: “We would like to thank John for his considerable efforts on behalf of the club over the last four years. We met this morning and both agreed that it was in the club’s best interests to make a change at this moment in time.

“On a personal basis, I am very pleased for John, in what turned out to be his final match as head coach, that our performance last night was full of character and resilience. He leaves with our best wishes”.

John Kear said: “Having been at the Bulls for four and a half years, I feel that this move is the best one in order to take the club forward. I have enjoyed my time at Bradford, and should like to thank all concerned, especially the performance staff and players for their support.”

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