NEW COACH Jon Sharp admits he will be diving in at the deep end when Featherstone Rovers travel to Kingstone Press Championship leaders Leigh Centurions tomorrow (3pm).
Featherstone-born Sharp, who is a former Rovers player and has coached at Batley Bulldogs, Huddersfield Giants, St Helens and Crusaders, was appointed yesterday after leaving his role as match officials’ boss at the RFL.
He succeeds Andy Hay, who “parted company” with the club on Monday, a day after a 32-30 home loss to Dewsbury Rams.
“It’s a tough start, but one I’m sure everyone here at Featherstone is looking forward to,” Sharp said.
“Leigh have set the standards in the Championship in the last two years and this is an opportunity for Featherstone to show what we are capable of.”
Sharp added: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be back in club coaching, especially at a club which means so much to me.
“I enjoyed my time working with the sport’s match officials, but I really missed being involved with the cut and thrust of working with players and preparing for games on a weekly basis.”
Rovers chairman Mark Campbell said: “Jon is the perfect coach to deliver the club on the next stage of our journey towards Super League.
“His knowledge of both the club and the game is second to none and we are delighted he has accepted our offer to become head coach.”