Castleford chief: ‘Daryl Powell was always my first choice’

Daryl Powell and Steve Gill at the official unveiling of Daryl as Castleford Tigers head coach. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK
Daryl Powell and Steve Gill at the official unveiling of Daryl as Castleford Tigers head coach. Picture: MATTHEW MERRICK

Despite rumours that James Lowes was offered the job first Daryl Powell was always the preferred choice of chief executive Steve Gill to be the new Castleford Tigers head coach.

When Powell was officially unveiled as the new Tigers boss on Tuesday Gill said he was convinced he was the right man to take the club forward.

Gill said: “I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but Daryl was always my first choice.

“We went about it very professionally. We interviewed and I presented the candidates to the board of directors and they issued me with their statement what to say and what to do.

“The rumours were that James Lowes had been offered the job and we did talk to James. However, that didn’t happen.

“I spoke to Daryl and with his passion and the way he created an environment of what he wanted to do with this club I knew then my gut feeling from the start was the right one.

“I’m proud to say that I’ve brought Daryl to this club. I think he will get a massive reception from the fans.

“We have taken our time over the appointment 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.”

Gill believed a British coach was always the way forward for the club.

He added: “I think there’s British coaches as good as anyone else and they buy into the culture. They realise what the community’s about and what the kids are about and they can filter that down and not just be selective on the first team only.

“Speaking to Daryl he wants to buy into the culture of what we’ve got all the way down. It’s not just about the first team at this club, it’s about everything else we produce and the community as well.

“Daryl is well documented as having been involved at all levels at Featherstone and I want him to do that at Castleford Tigers.”

Gill thanked Featherstone Rovers for the professional way negotiations had taken place.

Rovers 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.”