Richard Agar has stepped down as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Head Coach, and has been replaced by his former assistant James Webster.
Agar had been at the club since leaving Hull FC in 2012, and began his spell with success, leading the Wildcats to the play-offs off the back of a sensational end of season run which saw them winning their final 7 regular season games. They were eliminated in the first round of the play-offs in 2012, losing to Leeds 42-20.
Agar’s second season in charge didn’t fare as well, with Wakefield finishing 11th with 21 points.
Similarly, this season has been a campaign to forget so far, with Wakefield losing 11 of their 15 matches. Sunday’s 20-12 defeat away to Bradford has led to Agar’s resignation, with the club looking for a new direction. With relegation a real threat to the Wildcats, particularly should Bradford be awarded their 6 point deduction back, Wakefield need to start grinding out victories soon.
The board feel the right man to do that is James Webster, who has worked under Agar for the past 2 years at Wakefield, as well as being one of his assistants previously at Hull FC. This will be Webster’s first opportunity as Head Coach since going into coaching in 2010, and he’ll be looking to inspire his players find the results which move them away from the drop zone.
Wakefield’s next game is against fellow strugglers London Broncos on Friday the 13th June- a game in which they’ll look to turn their season around.