Kelly expecting to be in charge next week

Huddersfield Giants caretaker coach Andy Kelly has said he still expects to be in charge of the club next week for their league clash against Hull FC.

Kelly was in charge on Thursday night as the Giants slumped out of the Challenge Cup with a 28-16 defeat to Wakefield. With the club still searching for a new coach to replace Paul Anderson, Kelly has revealed that he does not expect an appointment in the next seven days – meaning he will likely still be in the hotseat for that game.

“I know they’ve had plenty of applicants,” Kelly said. “I’ll continue to do the job while ever I’m asked to do it. I doubt there will be an appointment before next Thursday.”

Kelly was left to lament a poor start to the contest as the chief reason why Huddersfield were dumped out of the cup – they trailed 14-0 early on and simply never recovered.

“It was a really poor start to the game,” he said. “We accumulated a 14-point deficit and that was always going to be tough against a side like Wakefield, who once they get tails up are hard to suppress.

“Wakefield played well, they were very clinical at times.”