Following the departure of Brian McDermott as Leeds’ head coach earlier this week, Castleford Tigers’ boss Daryl Powell has been one of the most talked about options to replace Super League’s most successful coach.
Powell, however, has seemingly ruled himself out of the running for a return to the club he was head coach at previously between 2001 and 2003. “I’m really happy with what we’re doing here and I’m contracted until the end of 2020. I want to achieve something special here,” he explained. “We’ve done a lot of really high quality things but, aside from the League Leaders’ Shield, we haven’t won anything and my burning ambition is to win the Challenge Cup or Grand Final,” the reigning Super League Coach of the Year added.
Indeed, the former Featherstone boss added further distance between him and the vacancy with a few choice words today. “I don’t understand why people don’t see this as a worthy job,” he said. “There couldn’t be a bigger job. You look at the England job and that is obviously a massive job but this is a big job.” Having guided Castleford to the League Leaders’ Shield last season, producing scintillating rugby throughout, this year has been different for the Tigers. One of many teams hit by injuries throughout the campaign – along with Leeds – they have still competed and impressed and, currently sitting fourth, the Wheldon Road club will be pushing for a second consecutive Grand Final appearance come October.
Leeds, however, are facing a fight to hold onto their spot in the top eight over their remaining four matches of the regular season, the first of which sees them make the short trip across West Yorkshire to the Tigers this Sunday. At the time of writing, no public announcement has been made regarding who is in charge of the team on that day, chief executive Gary Hetherington instead indicated that the remaining first team coaching team will take control as a whole. “We have got a coaching backroom department of 14 people. We are looking at the departure of one of those so everything else remains in place. We have got enough resources to be able to manage our preparation leading up to and including the game on Sunday,” he stated.