CARETAKER coach Tim Rumford is yet to make a decision on whether or not to apply for the Gateshead Thunder job on a full-time basis.
Rumford has stepped up from assistant coach in the short-term for Sunday’s home date with South Wales Scorpions – which is now a 2.30pm kick-off – after the departure of Richard Pell.
Director of rugby Chris Hood said of Rumford’s prospects: “Tim will of course be in consideration for the post, should he put himself forward.
“However, Tim only found out a short while after the decision was made, so he has had a lot to take in, and we are sure he will be simply concentrating on the week ahead and Sunday’s game against South Wales.
“He is well thought of by everyone at the club, and he will of course be in consideration for our plans for the future.”
Head coach Pell’s departure came after eight winless games left Thunder rooted to the bottom of Co-operative Championship One, with last weekend’s 68-0 hammering at Rochdale Hornets being his final match at the helm.
Skipper Jason Payne took time to credit the departing boss, saying: “It’s never nice to see a coach leave.
“Richard has done some really good things for Gateshead Thunder, as well as bring in some quality players. He will be missed by the players, and every one of us wishes him all the best for the future.
“But as professional players we need to focus on the job in hand, and it starts this week with South Wales Scorpions.”
Keen to credit Pell for his contribution, Hood said: “It has obviously been a tough time for everyone concerned, but the important thing is that both the directors and Richard wanted the best for Gateshead Thunder.
“The decision was made as a group, consisting of both the directors and Richard, and it was felt that it was best for everyone involved for him to step down.”