Four people interviewed for Batley job

The identities of four men interviewed for the Batley Bulldogs head coach role have been revealed.

Francis Cummins, Matt Diskin, Andy Hay and Craig Lingard are all in contention for the job that John Kear will leave at the end of the 2016 season as he takes on the role as director of rugby at Wakefield.

According to the Telegraph and Argus, the four men have already been interviewed by the high-flying Bulldogs.

Cummins has been out of Rugby League since being sacked by the Bradford Bulls in June 2014. He went on to work for rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie as part of their coaching staff, but left the role earlier this year.

Diskin, who ended his playing career at the end of 2014, has since been in charge of Bradford’s under 19s and assistant first team coach at the Bulls.

As for Andy Hay, the man who masterminded Bradford’s first home defeat in the Championship while at Featherstone last year, he has been out of work since leaving Rovers last July.

Finally, Lingard is the current assistant to John Kear at the Bulldogs.

Earlier this month, Batley chief executive Paul Harrison told TotalRL that Kear would have an influence in deciding his successor at the club.