Head coach Bastian leaves Rovers

John Bastian has left Featherstone Rovers.
John Bastian has left Featherstone Rovers.

Featherstone Rovers today announced the departure of John Bastian as head coach.

It follows yesterday’s 29-10 home defeat against Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh Centurions who also knocked Rovers out of the Challenge Cup the previous week.

Rovers are third in the table, seven points adrift of Leigh.

Bastian, who played for Rovers from 1988 to 1992, was appointed as head coach last May following Daryl Powell’s departure but he did not take up the position until last November.

When Featherstone appointed him, Bastian was director of youth development at Warrington Wolves and had never coached a professional club at senior level. He is also a former Leeds Rhinos head of youth development.

Rovers chairman Mark Campbell said: “John is a man of great professionalism, good values, immense integrity and despite not working out at Featherstone Rovers, this man has an immense career in rugby league and I believe he will be coaching in Super League one day. “There will be massive interest in his coaching abilities and we wish him and his family well. Danny Evans will take control as interim head coach.”

Rovers stated that an announcement regarding “substantial changes to the club” will be made at 9am tomorrow.

Club officials will be addressing the squad today