Rovers coaching job attracts ‘high calibre’ applicants

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Featherstone Rovers have received a dozen applications for the job as head coach to replace new Castleford boss Daryl Powell.

Interim head coach Ryan Sheridan, who was Powell’s assistant, is set to be in charge for Featherstone’s next match against Leigh Centurions in the Northern Rail Cup on Sunday, May 19.

“The last four or five days we’ve known that Daryl was moving on and we’ve had a dozen applications already. We have fielded applications from various people, both in the UK and in Australia,” said Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt (pictured).

“We’ve been speaking to a few people and that will continue. We will hopefully have an anouncement by the end of the month.

“It’s a sort after position and we’ve had some really high calibre people that have contacted myself and the chairman. It’s a process we are going to go through and will not be rushed.

“We’ve got full confidence in Ryan Sheridan. The boys respect what he has done here and he’ll continue the work that’s been done and we are happy with that.”

Former Featherstone forward John Bastian, who has been director of youth development at Warrington Wolves for the last five years, is reported to be favourite to replace Powell.

Bastian played for Rovers for from 1988 to 1992 after signing as a 22-year-old.

Ex-Castleford and Hull assistant coach Andy Hay has also been linked with the Featherstone job.