Hudgell: “We have a stand-out candidate”

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell says the club have identified the successor to Chris Chester, but as yet nobody has been formally offered the post.

Chester was dismissed as the club’s head coach following the Robins’ home defeat to Wakefield last week and Willie Poching took charge of the team for the narrow defeat to St Helens at Craven Park last Friday.

Former England coach Steve McNamara, who is assistant coach at NRL side Sydney Roosters, is one of many high profile names being linked with the post, and Hudgell revealed to the BBC that a “stand-out candidate has been identified.”

“We are expecting the appointment to be a top line coach with experience and a finer understanding of the game,” the club’s chairman added.

“The person we’ve identified as the coach we want to take us forward in the long-term isn’t in a position to take up a position at this stage,” Hudgell continued.

“We’ve been in talks and will make an announcement when we’re in a position to.”

Poching, who has himself expressed an interest in the position on a permanent basis, will be in charge for Friday’s trip to league leaders Widnes Vikings.

Hudgell said of Poching: “He’s put his hand up and wants the gig full-time, he’s ambitious, been assistant to some of the best coaches in the game and has ‘wool on his back’.

“As a board we need to look at how he fits into our longer term future.”


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