Veivers wary of coach-less Whitehaven

Workington head coach Phil Veivers is taking a cautious approach in the build-up to Sunday’s all-or-nothing clash against Whitehaven.

After leap-frogging their Cumbrian rivals, Whitehaven have sacked head coach James Coyle and put the quartet of Scott McAvoy, Carl Forster, Dave Allen and Craig Calvert in charge of first-team matters for the remaining five games of the season.

Defeat for Haven on Sunday would almost certainly condemn them to League One, while Workington’s survival hopes would also be damaged if defeated by their Cumbrian rivals.

Veivers believes the change in personnel at the top could be an advantage or a hindrance to his own side’s chances.

“It could go one of two ways,” said Phil. “They could capitulate and roll over or turn round and say ‘we need to win this one for ourselves and the club’. You don’t need any motivation for this game. It’s the easiest game of the year for me in terms of motivation when you’ve got a fully fit squad but we’re doing it tough at the moment.”