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Castleford Tigers have announced Daryl Powell will become their new head coach He was previously head coach at Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Chief Executive Craig Poskitt said: "We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take.

Featherstone Rovers: Daryl Powell has been "outstanding"

Daryl Powell

Castleford Tigers have announced Daryl Powell will become their new head coach.

He was previously head coach at Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Chief Executive Craig Poskitt said: "We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take.

“I would like to state that the club will now be on the look-out for a replacement that shares our vision and wants to be a part of the long term future of the club in Super League.”


Castleford Tigers appoint new head coach

Super League side Castleford Tigers have appointed Daryl Powell as their new head coach.

"Castleford Tigers is such a proud and traditional Club and it has so much going for it. It is highly regarded in terms of developing its young players and the first team squad has an abundance of quality. I am looking forward to driving the standards and consistency of the team.

“Danny Orr and Richard Tunningley have done a fantastic job in stabilising the group over the last few weeks as the win v Hull KR showed.

“I’ve had a wonderful experience as Head Coach of Featherstone Rovers. I’d like to think that I’ve left them in such a positive place. I’d like to thank everybody at the Club from top to bottom. The board, players, back room staff and the fans have been massively supportive of me and I wish them all the best for the future.”

– Daryl Powell

“We have taken our time over the appointment of a new Head Coach because we wanted to ensure that we brought the right man on board and I’m convinced that Daryl Powell is that man.

“He is an excellent coach who has proven his skills at Featherstone Rovers over several seasons. He is at the cutting edge of coaching and his previous role as Assistant Coach of the England side shows how highly regarded he is.

“We would also like to thank the Featherstone Rovers Chairman, Mark Campbell for allowing us to speak to Daryl and Chief Executive, Craig Poskitt for ensuring a smooth transition.”

– Steve Gill, Tigers’ Chief Executive

10 applicants for Castleford Tigers Head Coach role

Castleford Tigers are continuing their search for a new Head Coach.

We're progressing with our search for a new Head Coach. We have had a total of 10 applicants to date and we are busy assessing and meeting with them.

We thought long and hard about Stuart Raper's offer to work with Danny Orr until the end of the season, however we have decided not to go down that route. I think that the financial outlay that would have been required to bring Stuart over could be used more wisely on a long-term appointment.

We are still actively looking for a permanent Head Coach and will make a further announcement in due course."

– Steve Gill, Chief Executive

Orr keen to work with Raper

Castleford caretaker coach Danny Orr says he would welcome the opportunity to work alongside his former boss Stuart Raper at the Tigers.

Raper, 48, who was in charge of Castleford from 1997-2001, has offered to return to his old Super League club following the departure of Ian Millward.

Tigers chief executive Steve Gill says the club are considering the offer and it is thought Raper could be appointed as interim boss as soon as next week.

Under the new arrangement, Orr 34, would work under Raper for the rest of the season, giving the club more time to appoint a permanent head coach.

Orr readily accepts he is not yet ready to assume the role, having retired as a player only last September and has this week been taking tips from Leeds coach Brian McDermott, under whom he played for London Broncos.

"I've said I need to learn my trade here, I'd be silly not to listen to people like Mac and Stuart Raper. They've all been there and done it and I haven't.

"Whoever comes into this role, I'm more than happy to work alongside and hopefully they will better the team and educate me along the way so that I can become a better coach for it."

– Danny Orr, Catsleford Tigers caretaker coach


Tigers make new appointments

Castleford Tigers logo Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Castleford Tigers have taken steps to bolster the club off the pitch with a new back-office team.

The Super League strugglers have given interim chief executive Steve Gill the role on a permanent basis and have announced a restructured commercial team.

Gill, 53, was the club's head of youth development until stepping up two months ago to replace Steve Ferres, who cited differences of opinion with the board for his decision to quit as chief executive.

The Tigers also lost commercial manager Nick Fozzard but have appointed a new commercial director in Mark Grattan and he is joined by commercial manager Richard Pell and membership manager Sally Jackson, who have all been recruited from Coca-Cola.

Castleford chairman Jack Fulton said: "I am determined to turn the fortunes of this club around and believe that will happen under the tenure of Steve Gill.

"He is a Castleford man through and through who is dedicated and devoted to leading the club to a bright future."

Tigers' chairman assures fans of club future

Castleford Tigers logo
Castleford Tigers logo Credit: Castleford Tigers RLFC

Castleford Tigers chairman Jack Fulton has spoken to assure fans of the club’s future despite the resignations of three senior backroom staff in the last week.

Fulton, who has financed the club for over 20 years, said: “ While this last week has been a turbulent one off the pitch, the club will continue to deliver a side competing in Super League as the team has done so proudly against much bigger, more fancied clubs than ourselves so far this season.

“I’d like to assure fans of the club’s future by reiterating that the driving force of my financing of this great club is keeping it going as a Super League operation ready for the day when it can support itself and this position remains unchanged.

“I have faith in Steve Gill (interim CEO) and the existing staff members that they are united and will continue to do this club proud in the weeks to come whilst we recruit more people who want to be at the club and help us realise our aims.”

Rugby League: Castleford 17-17 Catalan Dragons

A drop goal from Gareth O'Brien rescued a point for Castleford against Catalan Dragons at the Wish Communications Stadium.

The hosts, for whom chief executive Steve Ferres resigned due to differences with the club's board, trailed on three occasions but battled back to lead 16-12 with 15 minutes remaining.

However, Damien Blanch's try and a drop goal put the Dragons ahead by a single point, before O'Brien ensured the spoils would be shared with a one-pointer of his own from 20 yards.

Steve Gill on his new role as interim Castleford Tigers CEO

Jack Fulton asked me if I would stand in as CEO for an interim period which could be 2-6 weeks depending on finding the right person.

I have full support from Ian Millward (head coach), Richard Turner (general manager) and Nick Fozzard (commercial manager). I have also spoken to Steve Ferres and he has offered his support if required. There’s a lot to do and I know I will be busy in the weeks to come.

– Steve Gill

He added:

I’ve been a Cas fan all of my life from doing the scoreboard and ball boy duties as a youngster to being assistant first team coach to now head of youth. Though I have no designs on the CEO role permanently, it is a privilege and I will give it my best shot so that when a new CEO comes in there’s not too much of a gap.

– Steve Gill
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