Webster named interim Hull KR coach


Hull KR have appointed former captain James Webster as head coach on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2016 Super League season.

Winless Hull KR made the announcement following Friday's 30-16 defeat to Widnes Vikings, with Webster - who was at KC Lightstream Stadium from 2005-2008 - returning to the club after Chris Chester lost his job last month.

The 36-year-old Webster will retain assistant coaches Willie Poching and David Hodgson, with Hull KR set to name a new head coach for 2017 in due course.

"We are delighted to welcome James back to the club. He's been around this place on and off since 2005, he's popular here and he knows what the club is about," chairman Neil Hudgell said of Webster, who previously worked as head coach of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

"He's a smart coach with great technical skills, who cut his teeth last year in Super League in quite trying circumstances.  We believe James has all the qualities needed to kick-start some life into our season and also begin to implement plans for 2017 and beyond when he will become an integral part of the back room working under our new head coach."

Hull KR's head of rugby Jamie Peacock added: "As James has captained the club, he fully understands that Hull Kingston Rovers is a hard-working, humble community club that regularly punches above its weight and that the performances of the team should represent that.

"Secondly, James' core assets are his outstanding technical and tactical knowledge. It is my belief that these properties will perfectly complement the staff and current playing group. With the significant financial backing of the club's owners, James has all the tools at his disposal to see an immediate upturn in the club's fortunes.

"We will confirm who the head coach of Hull Kingston Rovers will be for 2017 and beyond in due course. The start date for the new head coach will be at the beginning of pre-season as it's my firm belief that the most profound impact a head coach can have on a group of players is during these three months of preparation in which he can firmly embed his ethos, principles and systems into the squad."