DEWSBURY RAMS’ new caretaker-coaching team are expecting a response in tomorrow’s home Kingstone Press Championship derby with Featherstone Rovers (3pm).
Assistant-coaches Jonathan Schofield and Karl Pryce were placed in interim charge on Monday after boss Glenn Morrison left the club, who are bottom of the table and without a league win.
It is a tough challenge for a duo with a combined age of 56, but Schofield said: “We’ve had a good week in training and the boys seem to be looking forward to it.
“I think we will get a good response. The players aren’t too far away.
“We had a good result in the Cup against Newcastle, but then that poor performance in the second half against Bradford.
“We are just concentrating on this week against Featherstone and we are looking to forget about previous results. We haven’t got off the mark yet, but we have just got to concentrate on ourselves and the rest will take care of itself.
“We’re looking for an improved performance from what the boys have been putting in and hopefully there is a reaction within the group.”
Schofield, 26, is the son of Leeds and Great Britain legend Garry Schofield.
He played for clubs including Hunslet, York, Castleford and Dewsbury and has been building a reputation as a bright up-and-coming coach at Rams, working under Morrison. He joined Dewsbury in 2012 and was in charge of Rams’ second string when they won the Championship reserve grade title, beating Leigh in the Grand Final, two years ago.
Pryce, 30, signed for Rams in 2013 after spells as a player with Bradford Bulls and Wigan Warriors and a stint in rugby union at Gloucester.
He played 77 times for Dewsbury before joining the coaching team when he hung up his boots at the end of last season.
Asked if he is interested in the head coaching role on a permanent basis, Schofield – who is also retail manager at Wakefield Trinity – said: “I’m just taking it week-by-week and we’ll see what happens. That’s my thoughts on it. The club will be advertising and there will be plenty of interest. It is up to [chairman] Mark Sawyer and who he decides to appoint.”