Castleford sack head coach Ian Millward and assistant coach Stuart Donlan

Last Updated: 25/04/13 11:35am

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Millward has been shown the door by Castleford Tigers

Millward has been shown the door by Castleford Tigers

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Castleford have confirmed they have sacked head coach Ian Millward and his assistant Stuart Donlan with immediate effect.

The Tigers currently sit rock-bottom of the Super League with just three points from their 11 games and are on a run of seven consecutive defeats in the competition.

A statement on the club's website read: "Following a meeting with Ian Millward, both parties agreed that he should relinquish his position as Head Coach.

"After a promising start to the 2013 season, recent results have been unacceptable for all concerned, including sponsors and supporters.

"After a promising start to the 2013 season, recent results have been unacceptable for all concerned, including sponsors and supporters."
Castleford statement

"The club would like to thank Ian for his services and wish him all the best for the future.

"Assistant Coach, Danny Orr, will take temporary charge of the first team. The Club will make an announcement regarding a new Head Coach in due course."

Millward, who won two Super League titles with St Helens during a five-year spell in charge beginning in 2000, took control at The Wish Communications Stadium at the start of the 2012 campaign.

Castleford also announced several changes to their commercial team, with interim chief executive Steve Gill taking the role on a permanent basis and chairman Jack Fulton stating: "I am determined to turn the fortunes of this club around and believe that will happen under the tenure of Steve Gill.

"He is a Castleford man through and through who is dedicated and devoted to leading the club to a bright future."

Turbulent

The departure of Millward is the latest chapter of a turbulent 2013 season so far for the financially-stricken Tigers.

In February Steve Ferres quit as chief executive after only seven months, citing differences of opinion with the board of directors over the future direction of the club, and that was followed shortly afterwards by the resignation of commercial manager Nick Fozzard.

The club have promoted Gill from the role of head of youth development to take over from Ferres and this week appointed a new commercial team but work on a proposed new stadium, which is seen as crucial to the club's long-term future, has stalled and, in the meantime, their current Wheldon Road ground continues to fall into decay.

Millward's spell in Yorkshire was also marked with difficulties in his private life.

His 19-year-old son Robbie died of a heart attack in February 2012, forcing him to take a month's compassionate leave, and earlier this month he lost a close friend, Arthur Thomas, who played a big role in his career at Leigh and St Helens.

It was Leigh who gave Millward his big break in coaching in 1998. He was recruited two years later by St Helens to take over from Ellery Hanley and became their most successful coach in the modern era.

They won the Grand Final in 2000 and 2002, lifted the Challenge Cup in 2001 and 2004 and were crowned world club champions in 2001, when Millward was named Super League coach of the year.

His time at Knowsley Road was not without controversy, however, and he was sacked in May 2005 for gross misconduct.

He was sensationally appointed by Wigan just two weeks later but lasted only a year in the post after being unable to turn around their fortunes.

In October 2006 he returned to Australia and coached at North Queensland and Canberra before returning to Leigh for a third spell in 2010.

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