Castleford Tigers chief executive Steve Gill insists newly-appointed head coach Daryl Powell was ‘always first choice’ for the position.
Powell was presented to the media at The Jungle on Tuesday, joining the Super League outfit from Championship outfit Featherstone Rovers, with whom the 47-year-old had spent five-years as coach.
And, despite speculation that Cas had initially approached James Lowes over their vacant position, Powell was always the right choice for Gill at least.
“I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but Daryl was always my first choice. We went about it very professionally. We interviewed and I presented the candidates to the board of directors and they issued me with their statement what to say and what to do,” said the chief executive, according to the Pontefract & Castleford Express.
“The rumours were that James Lowes had been offered the job and we did talk to James. However, that didn’t happen.
“I spoke to Daryl and with his passion and the way he created an environment of what he wanted to do with this club I knew then my gut feeling from the start was the right one. I’m proud to say that I’ve brought Daryl to this club. I think he will get a massive reception from the fans.”
Gill is also delighted to bring a British coach to the helm of the club, believing Powell has all the credentials to take the Tigers forward as a whole.
“I think there’s British coaches as good as anyone else and they buy into the culture. They realise what the community’s about and what the kids are about and they can filter that down and not just be selective on the first team only,” he added.
“Speaking to Daryl he wants to buy into the culture of what we’ve got all the way down. It’s not just about the first team at this club; it’s about everything else we produce and the community as well.
“Daryl is well documented as having been involved at all levels at Featherstone and I want him to do that at Castleford Tigers.”
Powell appears to face a tough task at Castleford, with the Tigers currently languishing 12th in Super League - level on points with Salford City Reds and London Broncos at the bottom of the table.
His first match in charge is the trip to the Catalan Dragons on Saturday, before the Wakefield Wildcats make the trip across Yorkshire for his first home game at the helm.