Coach search goes on

Date published: Monday, August 27, 2012

OLDHAM RL chairman Chris Hamilton will have plenty of choice in appointing a new head coach to succeed Tony Benson.

He has interviewed two candidates already —- applications only closed on Friday — and more short-listed hopefuls will be seen over the next few days.

A number of English coaches, as well as overseas coaches currently working in this country, have submitted written applications.

“We’ve had an excellent response. The process will gather momentum this week when I do more interviews,” said the Roughyeds chief.

Applications, he said, numbered “well into the high teens”.

Northampton Rebels have pulled out of their planned entry into Championship One next season.

RFL official Ralph Rimmer said: “We have been working closely with the Rebels over the last few months, but the club have been expressing concerns about their ability to prepare for their entry into Championship One.

“We always had highly credible alternatives in reserve and exciting announcements will be made soon.”

The RFL has confirmed that Hemel Stags and the University of Gloucester All Golds will be two of the four new clubs in a ten-team competition next year, which will also include Oldham and Rochdale Hornets.

The other two new clubs will be named soon.

London Skolars’ 41-26 win over Whitehaven on Friday night means that Oldham’s quest to finish in the play-off top six will go down to the wire.

It will all hinge on two results next Sunday — the last day of the regular league season.

If the Roughyeds are to make it, they will have to win at Gateshead and rely on championship-chasing Doncaster beating the in-form Skolars at the New River Stadium in North London.

Doncaster must win to finish top of the division and pick up the £50,000 cash prize.

If Skolars cause a major upset, though, they will squeeze into the play-offs at Oldham’s expense.