Sawyer expecting ‘dozen’ applicants for Rams job

DEWSBURY RAMS chairman Mark Sawyer has said that it is time for the club to move forward after Glenn Morrison departed as head coach.

Morrison left his role off the back of Sunday’s 56-18 defeat against Bradford Bulls – the Rams’ sixth league defeat.

It has been a turbulent season so far for Dewsbury, with only one victory in 2017 – against League 1 Newcastle Thunder in the Challenge Cup.

Sawyer said that the “wheels have come off” but was full of praise for Morrison after his five years at the club ended.

“When it comes down to it, we have lost six out of six (league) matches. Glenn and I have been talking on a regular basis about things, but there has to be a time when you need to move forward,” said Sawyer.

“You don’t panic when you lose one or two matches, you hope things can begin to turn around and we looked at times like we were moving in the right direction.

“On Sunday against Bradford we were playing really well, however the final 30 minutes took their toll and we collapsed.

“I spoke to Glenn after the match and had a long chat with him on Monday, and we both agreed it was time to move on.

“Glenn has done a great job for us over the last five years. Last season was hit and miss and this year the wheels have come off.

“We have been inundated with injuries over the last two years but overall Glenn has done a great job for us in his time here.

“I have no regrets about Glenn’s time with the club, he was a part-time coach who at many times put in full-time hours.”

With plenty of games left to play in the Championship Sawyer feels that Dewsbury have enough time to bring someone in who can begin to turn results around. The chairman hopes that a new coach at the helm will help to jolt the club into action, however no candidate has been identified by the club.

Dewsbury-based former Keighley Cougars coach Paul March has ruled himself out of contention,  and Wakefield assistant coach Lee Gilmour has also been linked with the job but his appointment appears unlikely.

Current Gloucestershire All Golds coach Lee Greenwood, former Great Britain coach Karl Harrison and ex-Salford head coach Phil Veivers have all also been linked to the vacancy.

Sawyer said: “Everyone is aware how important it is for us to remain in the Championship, a change of personnel might spark us into action.

“I have had one or two calls from people, I have told them to put their applications in and we have about 12 people who we believe are going to apply.

“We want to get someone in as soon as possible, however realistically speaking it will probably be three weeks before we get someone. I want to know who is applying and all the options we have got and then we will make an informed decision.”Web Morrison Glenn 13

Sawyer has also revealed that current assistant coaches Karl Pryce and Jonathan Schofield have both been told they can apply for the head coach role on a permanent basis. They have taken over on an interim basis until a new coach is appointed.

The chairman added: “We will see how things go over the next few weeks, however I have told both Karl and John that they are welcome to apply for the position.

“It is the first time that they will have experienced being in a head coach role, it is up to them what they chose to do.”

With many already expressing interest in the vacant head coach role Sawyer is not worried about Dewsbury being able to appoint someone immediately.

He said: “We will certainly be able to get someone in, there are a lot of people interested already, there are not many opportunities for coaches in the game.

“People want the opportunity and we will hopefully be able to recruit the right person.

“We are open-minded about the role, it would be an advantage if we could get someone with experience in the Championship, we will look at all the applications we receive and take everyone into consideration, I’m sure we will have no problem getting someone.”

Morrison was appointed head coach of Dewsbury in September 2012 and Sawyer hopes to see him  in another coaching role as soon as possible. He said: “Glenn was very downbeat on Sunday, it is not nice to find yourself losing six matches in a row, it hurt him quite a lot.

“We know he is having a look at his options, we wish him all the best and hope he can get another role as soon as possible.”

Morrison says that he was honoured to have coached the  Rams and he is proud of his time with them.

“I want to thank the club for the opportunity and the years I have had here, I wish Mark and the club all the success in the future, it has been an honour to have coached Dewsbury Rams,” he said.

“We have had some successful seasons that I’m proud of, but unfortunately we have just not had the results required this season and so I feel the time is right to part ways.”

Dewsbury will be in for another tough test this weekend as they host in-form Featherstone Rovers on Sunday (3pm).

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