turmoil behind the scenes has affected Featherstone Rovers’ performances on the field, claims coach Andy Hay says.
Rovers got back on track with a 48-24 victory at Swinton Lions in the Kingstone Press Championship two days ago, a week after a shock 38-34 loss at lowly Rochdale Hornets.
Chief executive Craig Poskitt resigned two weeks ago after majority shareholder Feisal Nahaboo announced he would no longer be investing in the club and Hay admitted the resulting uncertainty has contributed to some below-par displays.
“It has made it very tough,” Hay said. “We have had to take a different approach in training, change things around and work on the mental side of things.
“It is going to take a while, but (chairman) Mark Campbell has been really good, he has addressed the players a couple of times and by last Thursday’s and Saturday morning’s training sessions they were feeling a lot more settled and comfortable. Things were getting back to the norm and they weren’t thinking about anything else.”
Rovers came through the win over Swinton with no major new injuries and Hay added: “We were good in attack again, but not very good in defence again.
“We didn’t dominate the game, but we never looked like losing. We looked a bit more settled and more in control than the week before and it was definitely a step in the right direction.”