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Wakefield Trinity chief executive Mick Carter insists he won’t sack head coach Chris Chester and will give him time to turn round the fortunes of his struggling side.
The Super League outfit have slumped to the bottom of the table following two wins from 14 games.
Chester has come under fire from some of his own stars, who have questioned his training methods and attitude throughout a dismal run of six wins from 31 league games stretching back to last season.
Some players were left seething when Chester threatened to have them sacked following a recent defeat to St Helens – and believe he should be the one to leave the club.
But in an exclusive interview with Star Sport, Carter has launched a passionate defence of Chester and told those players turning against their coach to “have the balls” to take their complaints to him instead of talking to the media behind his back.
Carter said: “If any player is unhappy, they should have the balls to come and see me and tell me face to face. My door is always open.
“I refute the claims Chris doesn’t plan training sessions. I’m involved in the group discussions and planning of training. I see them weeks in advance. To say there is no planning is a fallacy.
“I think this season has been extraordinary in terms of what every individual, including players, coaches and staff have had to put up with.
“I fully accept that the results have not been great. Some performances have been good and some have been sub standard. There have been games in which we have not been good enough and things have got to improve.
“We are now gearing up for next season and the coach has our full backing. Chris Chester will be our coach at the start of next season and he will be given backing in terms of squad strengthening.
“I’m not going to make excuses for results, but there are mitigating circumstances in terms of injuries and Covid and we still have every confidence that Chris is the right coach for this club.
“He is hurting as much as anybody – but the bottom line is that results have got to improve.”
Carter, who deleted his Twitter account due to constant abuse from supporters, admits he must take some of the blame for the club’s poor recruitment over the past 18 months.
He added: “I have to hold my hands up and take some of the blame, because it hasn’t been good enough.
“I’ll take my fair share of the blame for this. We have got it wrong on too many signings – and ultimately this lies with me.”