Daryl Powell details how Matt Ellis sold him dream of rebuilding Wakefield Trinity
The former Castleford Tigers boss has taken the reins at Belle Vue on a four-year contract following a brief spell out of the game.
The 58-year-old has made a speedy return to coaching after being left impressed with Ellis' ambition and vision for a club that is preparing for life in the Championship following last season’s relegation.
The millionaire owner of DIY Kitchens completed his takeover of Wakefield this week.
"After I came away from Warrington, I just went for a bit of a breather and then I was sat there with my missus and got this text," said Powell.
"I thought it was a guy trying to sell me a kitchen. It was Matt introducing himself and telling me this was something he was looking to do and whether I'd be interested.
"I thought it was an interesting one so went to meet him. Seeing Matt and listening to his passion, I wanted to feed off that.
"It's really the blank canvas opportunity to really be a part of growing a club from a really difficult position.
"Matt talks about winning things and that's important from the top. If you do that, it permeates down."
Powell began his coaching career at Keighley Cougars before stints in charge of Leeds Rhinos and Featherstone Rovers.
After enjoying success in the Championship with Featherstone, Powell transformed the fortunes of West Yorkshire rivals Castleford.
The former Great Britain international led the Tigers to League Leaders' Shield glory and three major finals during his eight-and-a-half-year stay at Wheldon Road.
Powell feels ready to get stuck into another big project at Wakefield as he looks to put his Warrington experience behind him.
"I've been a head coach for a long time and it's a tough job but it's a great job," he said.
"I love the responsibility of being a head coach. This is an awesome opportunity at a club that has got a rich history to build it and grow it. To be at the forefront of that is something I really enjoy.
"Some of my clubs in the past have been sort of like this where you can almost start from scratch and build the culture and style of play you want.
"I really think there's a foundation here in terms of the group of players that will be staying. There's a big job to make sure we sign the players we need and then get on with growing a special club. That's something I've always been most excited about."
Powell has been tasked with leading Wakefield to Championship title success to boost the club's chances of an immediate return to Super League ahead of the introduction of a new grading system.
Trinity are set to announce a series of new signings this week as they rebuild their squad for the second tier.
With Mason Lino, Josh Griffin and Jay Pitts among the players staying on, Powell is confident he will have a team capable of winning in different ways.
"There's one aim and that's to get out of the Championship and back into Super League," said Powell, who can also call on his former Castleford scrum-half Luke Gale.
"You can't think that challenge is easy. I've obviously been at Featherstone and played in the Championship in a different guise so I know how tough it is.
"I saw first hand the ball movement that Wakefield are capable of against Warrington in my last game in charge. There are some phenomenal players already on board and it's about harnessing their skillsets.
"But there is more than one way of playing and it's about making sure the team can play the way it needs to on any given day or in any situation.
"I'll be creating a flexible team that can play different ways. I think the foundation of the players here already will be able to do that."
Ellis has vowed to stop at nothing to deliver success to Wakefield, with the ambitious new owner committed to transforming the club on and off the field.
Powell is ready to play his part in bringing the feel-good factor back to Belle Vue by giving the supporters a team to be proud of.
"It's a fresh start," he said.
"Teams rise and fall. It's really disappointing for the club but it gives me an opportunity to reset.
"A new owner has come in and Matt is massive in terms of wanting to grow the club in every area in every single way. There can be excitement about what he's going to bring off the field.
"For me, I want to make them excited for what they're going to see on the field. I know it's been a tough period for Wakefield but we're looking to create something special.
"I want them to come and really enjoy the matchday experience, what they see on the field and winning – because that's what it's all about.
"It's about being connected as club and fans. If they get behind us, we'll give them something special."