Wakefield Wildcats have parted company with head coach James Webster.
The Wildcats are currently propping up the Super League table with just two wins from their 13 matches so far this season and have lost their last 11 successive league games.
However, their Challenge Cup sixth round defeat at home to Championship leaders Leigh Centurions appears to have been the final straw, and Wakefield are now looking for a replacement for Webster.
Michael Carter, Wakefield Wildcats’ chairman, told the club website; “It is with a heavy heart that I have today agreed the release of James Webster from his position of head coach.
“James rescued us last season from the threat of relegation and for that I am truly thankful. I wish James and his family every success and happiness in the future and thank him for all his hard work in his four years here.
“We will now be conducting the search for a new head coach. In the interim, Stuart Dickens will take charge of first-team affairs, until we can make an appointment.’
The 35 year-old spent two and a half years as assistant to former head coach Richard Agar before being given the top job in June last year.
The former Hull FC, Widnes Vikings and Hull KR scrum-half made a superb start to his coaching career at Belle Vue, winning four of his first five games in charge and suffered just three defeats in his first ten Super League matches at the helm.
Things have been a lot tougher in Super League XX, however, and the club look set to drop into the ‘middle 8’ phase come the end of July, where they will fight to preserve their Super League status for another season.
Webster said; “I felt now was the right time to allow someone else the opportunity to take the team forward. In taking this decision my hope is it will allow the club to fulfil its goal and remain in Super League.”
“I wish everyone at the Wildcats the best for the future.”