‘Final stages’ in search for new coach

Date published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OLDHAM RL chief Chris Hamilton has confirmed that he is in the “final stages” of the interviewing process in the appointment of a new head coach.

Linked with the job on the sport’s grapevine are 56-year-old former Whitehaven boss Don Gailer and ex-Super League star Graham Holroyd, 20 years his junior, who played five games for Roughyeds last Spring while captain Neil Roden was injured.

After an illustrious playing career Holroyd, who is also being associated with a vacancy at Rochdale, is known to be looking for an opening in coaching, as he confirmed at the start of his brief stay with Oldham in April and May.

Gailer, an Australian with years of experience in youth and club rugby in Queensland, piloted Whitehaven to promotion in his first year in England, but has left the Recreation Ground in acrimonious circumstances.

He has described the club’s action in sacking him in a phone call to Paris, where he was on a short break with his family, as “grubby, amateurish and pathetic.”

Oldham, Dewsbury, Whitehaven and Rochdale are all looking for new head coaches with Rams expected to appoint this week.

Hamilton will not budge from club policy which dictates that applications for any job at Oldham are treated in strict confidence.

He did say, however, that he was pleased with the standard of applications and with the calibre of coaches who had expressed an interest.

He added: “I won’t put myself under undue pressure by placing a timescale on it. The job will be filled when the time is right.

“It goes without saying, though, that we want to get it sorted as soon as we can.”

Oldham and Workington Town have confirmed that their elimination play-off clash on Sunday will kick-off at Derwent Park at 3pm.

Roughyeds have done a league double this year over the Cumbrians, who finished third and missed out on the title and £50,000 prize by losing their last two away games at Oldham and Gateshead.

Town believe the chance to avenge Oldham’s double triumph will be enough to see them through.

Said joint coach Gary Charlton: “I’m pleased we’ve got Oldham. We owe them one. If we can improve by 10 to 15 per cent on our performance in Sunday’s 48-18 win against Rochdale we’ll be fine.”

The Cumbrians will be boosted by the return of three key players —- hooker Graeme Mattinson, top try scorer Elliott Miller, who was sent off at Whitebank, and full-back Brett Carter.

The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road, plan to run a bus, leaving at 11am, cost £15 per seat. Ring Mark or Mike at the Junction on (0161) 633 2759 asap.

Roughyeds reserves will celebrate their second final appearance in a row at their presentation night at Whitebank on Friday.

Tickets at £5, including hot supper, are on sale at the club office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton. Fans can pay on the night so long as they ring the club (628 3677) in advance to confirm attendance for catering purposes.

The first-team presentation night will be on Friday week, September 14, tickets £20, including three-course meal and entertainment.