Barren run sees Wakefield coach quit

Rugby league is a tough sport at times and when results are not going your way, making decisions is never easy.

In what has been a rather poor start to their season, Wakefield Wildcats coach Richard Agar has decided to quit as the head coach of the club with immediate effect.

Agar, who has been in the role for some years now, will be replaced by his assistant James Webster.

Although his departure was perhaps unexpected, the club are thankful for the work, time, effort and commitment shown by Agar during his tenure as coach.

“I’d like to thank Richard for all he has done for this club,” said Wakefield Chairman, Michael Carter.

“Reaching the play-offs in 2012 given where the club was when he arrived was a remarkable achievement and gave the fans some terrific memories.”

Things started in a promising fashion as Wakefield reached the a play-off spot in his first campaign with the club.

However, with a host of young players coming through and some financial difficulties, the 2014 season has a been a tough one for both Agar and the club in general.

The French national coach, who is highly regarded, admitted he sought out the board and informed them of his decision.

“All parties felt that with a new coach being decided upon and the club entering the recruitment period, it would be hard to continue in the role, especially with the players knowing I was going. It would also allow James to start putting into place his plans for next season,” said Agar.

“The club has recently faced some extremely difficult and uncertain times and hopefully will be in a position in the near future to provide stability and consolidate their position in the top flight and give James the resources he needs to be successful.

“The club has a tremendous spirit about it and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Michael and Chris (Brereton) all the very best for their future ownership of the club.”

James Webster steps into the role and having worked under Agar as an assistant at both Hull FC and the Wakefield Wildcats, he is grateful to have worked under him.

“I would like to thank Michael and the board for giving me the opportunity to coach Wakefield Trinity, a club steeped in tradition,” said Webster.

“Everyone at the club knew this would be a difficult year with some hurdles to overcome but we’ve set some goals and if we are successful in reaching them then I believe the club will be in a much stronger position going forward.

“Rich has to be credited for rebuilding this team through some adverse times. I would personally like to thank him for the time he has invested in me and wish him all the best.”

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