Hudgell insists people will be surprised by identity of new coach

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has revealed that he feels people will be “pleasantly surprised” by the identity of their new coach.

The Robins have agreed a deal in principle for a new man to take up the reins at the club next season, with it made abundantly clear from earlier in the year that James Webster’s appointment would only be for this season.

And, speaking to the Hull Daily Mail, Hudgell says that while there is no real need to announce the identity of the mystery man – still rumoured to be former England coach Steve McNamara – there are reasons why they are waiting on making an announcement.

“There’s no immense urgency to announce it, other than to satisfy everyone’s curiosity,” he said.

“There’s a number of sensitivities. We’ve agreed terms in principle, subject to confirmation of our Super League status. That position hasn’t hugely changed, but people will be very pleasantly surprised with the outcome once we make it all public.”

Hudgell also said there will be more surprises for KR fans, this time in the way of new recruits.

The KR chairman has promised there will not be a major overhaul like in recent years, but has said some of the new faces coming in will surprise people.

“There will be one or two surprising names and maybe one or two who aren’t surprising,” he said.

“It won’t be as big as 12 or 14 names like the other year, but there will be changes. We need some quality. We are short of size in the front row and some punch in the back row and outside backs. Those are the areas we need to improve.”