Super League club Hull FC are expected to announce their successor to former head coach Peter Gentle today. Assistant Lee Radford is expected to lead a new all-English coaching team.
Hull FC are expected to announce their new head coach tomorrow following the dismissal of Peter Gentle.
The Australian, who led the club to Wembley in the Challenge Cup final only last month, was sacked following a crushing 76-18 defeat at Huddersfield last Thursday night. It brings to an end his two-year tenure at the club. Chris Dawkes reports.
Hull FC are expected to announce Peter Gentle's replacement as head coach tomorrow. It is widely expected that former player and current assistant coach Lee Radford will be given the opportunity to take the reins at the KC Stadium.
Former Hull FC captain Lee Crooks' views on the departure of head coach Peter Gentle.
Hull say they will confirm a successor "in due course" following the departure of head coach Peter Gentle.
But it is thought they will appoint from within, with Gentle's assistant Lee Radford favourite to step up alongside academy coach Andy Last.
Former player Paul Cooke, the newly-appointed head coach of Doncaster, is also expected to play a role in the re-organisation, with Hull set to announce a partnership with the Championship club.
Tuesday's announcement comes as no surprise following owner Adam Pearson's decision to conduct a "root-and-branch" review of the club's football department in the wake of their 13-try humiliation by the Huddersfield Giants.
Hull KR have given centre Liam Salter a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least the end of 2017.
The 20 year-old was already contracted for next season but has agreed a three-year extension following a successful 2013 campaign in which he missed just five matches.
"Liam has come a long way this year," said Rovers coach Craig Sandercock. "He's someone who we probably didn't think would play every week.
"We knew that he was a good, solid player and that we might get 10 games out of him.
"But he really exceeded all expectations this year and, if he has a big pre-season and works on the areas we've identified for him to improve upon, then we're really confident that Liam will be a great player for this club for many years to come."
Hull FC have parted company with head coach Peter Gentle with immediate effect.
The 47-year-old Australian had two years left on his contract but has been the subject of much speculation over his future and his exit was confirmed five days after the club's record 76-18 Super League play-off defeat by Huddersfield.
Hull owner Adam Pearson said: "The club would like to place on record their gratitude to Peter for his efforts, hard work and dedication, helping to progress the club on the field in his two seasons in charge."
Castleford Tigers have completed the permanent signing of London Broncos centre Michael Channing on a two-year deal.
The 21-year-old moved to the Tigers on loan in July and impressed enough to secure a long-term stay after scoring three tries in four Super League appearances.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell said: "Michael has fitted into the club seamlessly as both a player and a person.
"He is a young centre with a lot of potential who will continue to thrive in our culture."
Channing said: "I'm really happy to get a permanent deal sorted at Castleford. Cas are one of the big names in Super League, so it's good to be offered a contract from being on-loan."
Huddersfield Giants fans are celebrating tonight. The team managed a 76-18 victory over Hull FC with Leroy Cudjoe starting the scoring for the Giants. It is disappointing news for Hull though. It means their season is now over.
Widnes chief executive James Rule has joined the Vikings' board of directors and become a part-owner of the Super League club. Rule, a former chief executive of Hull who joined Widnes 18 months ago, joins Steve O'Connor, Roddy Snedden, Brian O'Connor and Matt Beech as a major stakeholder.