Richard Agar quits at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in wake of their defeat by Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Richard Agar has stepped down after two and a half years in charge at Belle Vue Richard Agar has stepped down after two and a half years in charge at Belle Vue

Wakefield Trinity head coach Richard Agar has quit his job with immediate effect and has been replaced by his assistant James Webster, the Wildcats have announced.

Agar, who was in his post for two and a half years, stepped down in the wake of his club’s 20-12 defeat to First Utility Super League relegation rivals Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Wakefield chairman Michael Carter said: “I’d like to thank Richard for all he has done for this club.

“Reaching the play-offs in 2012, given where the club was when he arrived, was a remarkable achievement and gave the fans some terrific memories.

Agar, who was in charge of Hull for four seasons from 2008, succeeded John Kear at Wakefield in October 2011 and defied expectations by guiding them to a play-off spot in his first campaign on the back of a club Super League record run of seven successive wins.

He achieved that improbable success despite being forced to bring in 20 new faces and was faced with a similar task at the end of last season when financial difficulties forced the club to shed several high-profile players. The Wildcats have won just four of their 15 matches so far.

Agar, who was coach of France at the 2013 World Cup, said: "I spoke with the board of directors a number of weeks ago outlining the reasons why I had decided to look for another job within the game at the end of the season and therefore requested a release from the remaining two years of my contract.

"All parties felt that with a new coach being decided upon and the club entering the recruitment period, it would be hard to continue in the role, especially with the players knowing I was going. It would also allow James to start putting into place his plans for next season.

"The club has recently faced some extremely difficult and uncertain times and hopefully will be in a position in the near future to provide stability and consolidate their position in the top flight and give James the resources he needs to be successful.

"The club has a tremendous spirit about it and I would like to take this opportunity to wish Michael and Chris (Brereton) all the very best for their future ownership of the club."

Carter added: "Richard Agar is an outstanding person and I wish him every success in his future career.

"He has put together a group of players which we are fully confident has the quality to achieve our main objective of survival in the First Utility Super League.

"Throughout all of the tribulations the club has endured during his tenure he has handled himself with superb dignity and worked tirelessly for the cause. We fully respect his decision to move on and all parties were in agreement that the timing was right for James Webster to take charge."

Webster, a 34-year-old Australian who worked alongside Agar at Hull as well as Wakefield, takes charge straight away and his first game will be against bottom club London Broncos at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Friday week.

"I would like to thank Michael and the board for giving me the opportunity to coach Wakefield Trinity, a club steeped in tradition," said Webster, who played for Hull KR and Widnes.

"Everyone at the club knew this would be a difficult year with some hurdles to overcome but we've set some goals and if we are successful in reaching them then I believe the club will be in a much stronger position going forward.

"Rich has to be credited for rebuilding this team through some adverse times. I would personally like to thank him for the time he has invested in me and wish him all the best."
 

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4:52pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Wakey are once again skint.Where are they going to be next season if they manage to stay up.Wonder if this will now play a part in Wednesdays appeal outcome.The last thing the R.L. will want is the same fiasco next season. The plot thickens.
Wakey are once again skint.Where are they going to be next season if they manage to stay up.Wonder if this will now play a part in Wednesdays appeal outcome.The last thing the R.L. will want is the same fiasco next season. The plot thickens. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

5:27pm Mon 2 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits .
Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent.
Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits . Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent. axelf1963
  • Score: -1

5:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so.
That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 5

6:16pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Not sure why he's quit really. Sunday was a battle lost from his point of view but the war?... It's also difficult to imagine what job he might wish to go and do instead if it is outside of being a superleague coach - unless he's been tapped-up by Marvelous Marwin, a la Neil Lennon?
Not sure why he's quit really. Sunday was a battle lost from his point of view but the war?... It's also difficult to imagine what job he might wish to go and do instead if it is outside of being a superleague coach - unless he's been tapped-up by Marvelous Marwin, a la Neil Lennon? Van Bellen's Baby
  • Score: 2

6:24pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so.
I don't think the RFL can overrule the arbitration hearing. Fail to see the point of it if they could.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so.[/p][/quote]I don't think the RFL can overrule the arbitration hearing. Fail to see the point of it if they could. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 3

7:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Bullmaniac,
Yes they can.It was reported at the time of the announcement of the appeal that the R.F.L. had the final say.As you say,crazy,but that was the statement announced.
Bullmaniac, Yes they can.It was reported at the time of the announcement of the appeal that the R.F.L. had the final say.As you say,crazy,but that was the statement announced. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

12:47am Tue 3 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

London to win a couple of games then Wakefield go into administration the Bulls and Wildcats to the Championship. Should be a cracking competition though, with Featherstone able to attract players the Bulls wanted to keep. And I can't believe losing to the Bulls was the last straw for Agar. 84-6, 50-0, 46-4, 54-16, 46-6,66-18 and 44-16 and our guy is still there.
London to win a couple of games then Wakefield go into administration the Bulls and Wildcats to the Championship. Should be a cracking competition though, with Featherstone able to attract players the Bulls wanted to keep. And I can't believe losing to the Bulls was the last straw for Agar. 84-6, 50-0, 46-4, 54-16, 46-6,66-18 and 44-16 and our guy is still there. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 0

7:54am Tue 3 Jun 14

oddshapedballs says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits .
Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent.
Being not been. I'm guessing you are of low intelligence?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits . Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent.[/p][/quote]Being not been. I'm guessing you are of low intelligence? oddshapedballs
  • Score: 0

12:35pm Tue 3 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits .
Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent.
Being not been. I'm guessing you are of low intelligence?
Far from it but I do have a tendency not to read before posting hence auto fill and predictive texts sometime catching me out.
Hope this answers your question.
Spangles I think personally 2 points back at best but will go for zero points back
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its bad news Spangles when a coach is that ashamed of been beaten by bulls he quits . Sure you said other day it does not matter what happens the appeal is totally different and independent.[/p][/quote]Being not been. I'm guessing you are of low intelligence?[/p][/quote]Far from it but I do have a tendency not to read before posting hence auto fill and predictive texts sometime catching me out. Hope this answers your question. Spangles I think personally 2 points back at best but will go for zero points back axelf1963
  • Score: 0

7:24pm Tue 3 Jun 14

raisemeup says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so.
Reference the new format: More than Players and coaches think that spanglish: A lot of influential journo's and club chairmen think that way.
I think we are creating a dumbing down of the whole game, it's another experiment that we can't afford to be part of, in my opinion also.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: That is what I said Axel.I am only asking if this resignation could have a bearing on the appeal verdict.I am not saying it will,only that the R.L. will not want a repeat of the Bulls fiasco again next season.What do you think?I accept it should not have a bearing but do not forget the R.F.L can over rule the decision anyway.Do you think the R.F.L will want it to happen again,because it will with the new format.Do not forget next season a lot of players are going to have to go part time thus losing their livelihood.Do you think the new format has been carefully thought about?I will bet a lot of the players and coaches do not think so.[/p][/quote]Reference the new format: More than Players and coaches think that spanglish: A lot of influential journo's and club chairmen think that way. I think we are creating a dumbing down of the whole game, it's another experiment that we can't afford to be part of, in my opinion also. raisemeup
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