Wakefield sack Webster

Earlier today Wakefield Wildcats confirmed they have parted ways with coach James Webster after their 30-36 defeat to Championship side Leigh Centurions.

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.” (BBC)

Wakefield currently sit bottom of the Super League table with only two league wins to their name this season. They have lost 12 of their last 13 fixtures in all competitions.

In their cup tie vs Leigh at the weekend they actually led 24-0. However Webster’s side imploded and threw their lead away in the second half. This proved to be the last straw for Webster at Wakefield.

However it did seem inevitable in his post match interview in which he wished the journalists present “good luck.” Which is an unusually thing to say in a standard post match interview.

Wakefield are currently seven points behind 11th placed Salford Red Devils which means it looks as though they will be playing in the middle-eights at the end of the year. A competition in which they could come up against the Leigh Centurions again. 

Webster took charge at Belle Vue last June from Richard Agar. The Australian actually saved the Wildcats last season when they looked as though they would be relegated. 

Chairman Michael Carter said: “James rescued us last season from the threat of relegation and for that I am truly thankful.” (BBC)

He went on to wish Webster the best of luck in the future. 

Assistant coach Stuart Dickens will take charge temporarily while the Wildcats search for another coach. They host Widnes in the Super League on Sunday.  

Webster has gone after 11 months in charge
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