Featherstone embark in search for new coach after Hay exit

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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are looking for their fifth head coach since the start of 2013 following Andy Hay’s shock exit yesterday.

Hay “parted company” with Rovers just 24 hours after they were beaten 32-30 at home by Dewsbury Rams and dropped to fifth in the Kingstone Press Championship.

A Rovers statement said: “Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell and Andy Hay have been unable to agree on circumstances surrounding the clubs (sic) recent form, which has led to these new developments. Featherstone Rovers will not make any further comment at this time.”

Rovers, who beat Bradford last week, have struggled for stability since Daryl Powell, who had taken charge in 2008, stepped down two years ago.

His assistant Ryan Sheridan had a brief spell in the hot seat before leaving to join Powell at Castleford.

Danny Evans was caretaker coach for the rest of the campaign, with John Bastian taking up the reins ahead of the 2014 season.

Bastian was axed after just 11 games and, after one match with Evans back in caretaker control, Hay took over in May, 2014. The former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers player guided Rovers to second spot on the table and last year’s Championship Grand Final. Rovers have won 13 of their 20 league games this term.

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