Agar’s sudden exit gives Webster his chance at Wakefield

Richard Agar yesterday quit as Wakefield Trinity Wildcats head coach with immediate effect, with assistant James Webster stepping up to replace him.

Richard Agar

Agar, who was in his post for two and a half years, stepped down in the wake of his club’s 
20-12 defeat to Super League relegation rivals Bradford on Sunday.

Agar succeeded John Kear at Wakefield in October 2011 and defied expectations by guiding them to a play-off spot in his first campaign on the back of a club Super League record run of seven successive wins.

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He achieved that improbable success despite being forced to bring in 20 new faces and was faced with a similar task at the end of last season when financial difficulties forced the club to shed several high-profile players. The Wildcats have won just four of their 15 matches so far.

Richard Agar

Agar said: “I spoke with the board of directors a number of weeks ago outlining the reasons why I had decided to look for another job within the game at the end of the season and therefore requested a release from the remaining two years of my contract.

“All parties felt that with a new coach being decided upon and the club entering the recruitment period, it would be hard to continue in the role, especially with the players knowing I was going. It would also allow James to start putting into place his plans.

“Hopefully, the club will be in a position in the near future to provide stability and consolidate their position in the top flight and give James the resources he needs to be successful.”

Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker is to be investigated over allegations that he made homophobic comments during the Rhinos’ 24-6 Super League defeat at Warrington last Friday.

Hardaker is alleged to have mouthed a homophobic reference towards referee James Child which has been referred to the RFL’s compliance department.

Hardaker’s team-mate Carl Ablett has been charged with a grade C offence of kicking Warrington centre Joel Monaghan in the act of scoring Wolves’ final try in the same match.

Hull KR’s Michael Weyman is facing the threat of a second suspension this year after being accused of using foul and abusive language towards a match official in his side’s defeat at Castleford.

Wakefield’s Richard Moore has been charged with a grade B striking offence during the 20-12 defeat at Bradford, while Bulls’
Elliot Kear has submitted an early guilty plea to a grade A striking offence during the same incident.