Neil Hudgell backs Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock ... for now
HULL KR chairman Neil Hudgell insists the club will make no knee-jerk decision over the future of coach Craig Sandercock, despite their poor start to the season.
Although admitting to being disappointed with the Robins losing three of their first four games, and in particular last Sunday's defeat at Salford, Hudgell insists there is still time for the Aussie to turn things around.
And he stressed his future would be 'assessed' – not necessarily decided – at Easter, most likely after the Good Friday derby with Hull FC.
"Don't forget this is a young coach with a young family who is in his first position as a head coach, so we must give him time to do a job," Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside's Sportstalk.
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"At the moment it is far too early to make any decisions, and at the moment I am going to close my ears to some of the things being said to me in terms of him being removed from the role.
"You have to give it a good run into the start of the season.
"We have another clutch of games coming up, and when we get to Easter and Good Friday we can look at it again. That is a natural time to assess matters as we are a third of the way through the season."
Hudgell was keen to defend Sandercock's record last season, when Rovers suffered a slump towards the end of the campaign, leading to a 10th placed finish as they missed a play-off spot for the first time in four years.
He said fans had to remember that he had inherited a squad with many players seeing out the final year of their contracts.
"Last year it wasn't Craig's team and there were a lot of players in their final years, so it was unfair to make a judgement," he said.
"This season he has brought his own players in. We have a small squad, even though we are only around £100,000 below the salary cap.
"We have missed Kris Welham and Greg Eden, who is a great talent with the ball in hand, and we have had to move Craig Hall around to cover injuries.
"This weekend we should have a bit more of a settled back-line, and perhaps the area we need to maybe show a bit more toughness is in the forwards.
"It is easy to throw headlines in a paper, but it's water off a duck's back.
"I understand why that happened this week, as I said at the start of the season that we would look at Craig's possible contract extension at Easter.
"The natural story at the minute is Rovers, as we have won one from four or two from 13, so the coach is under pressure."