Kear set to leave at the end of the season

posted on 30 July 2011

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats can confirm that the 2011 Super League campaign will be John Kear’s last as head coach.

Kear Who joined the club in 2006 will remain in charge for the last 5 games of the season, whilst the club look for a new man at the helm to take them forward from the 2012 season onwards.

Chief executive James Elston Explained: ” Having sat down with John this week all parties felt it was the right time to make a change, John Kear has played a major part in the recent history of the Wildcats and I wish to place on record our thanks for what he has achieved since coming in to the post in 2006.

“There have been some testing times at the club throughout his campaign and John has always approached each situation with dignity and professionalism. We wish him well for the future remain supportive for the rest of this season”.

Kear who has also held a position on the board of directors during his tenure explained: “I am a subscriber to the philosophy that coaching
has a five-year cycle.

“Having joined the Wildcats in 2006, this is the time to seek a fresh personal challenge, thus coinciding with the Club’s new ownership
and Super League licence.

“My tenure with the Wildcats started with that unforgetable end-of-season run of four wins out of six to avoid relegation, further
highlighted by the 2008 campaign with a club best-ever Super League finish of fifth and a highly creditable Challenge Cup semi-
final appearance.

“Throughout the five years, the Club has established itself as a mid-table side, this season being made onerous by financial crisis
resulting in a crippling points deduction.

“The pressure of always working below salary cap has provided the opportunity to coach the development of players from potential
to performance, such as Danny Brough, Richard Moore, Dale Ferguson, Ryan Atkins and, in the present outfit, Stuart Howarth
and Tommy Lee.

“It has been a pleasure and an honour to make a contribution to a club with the heritage of Wakefield Trinity and my thanks go to the
Directors, both current and previous, the players, backroom staff, sponsors and, particularly, the loyal supporters.”

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