Tuesday 24 March
Brian Carney says a conversation on the phone with Lee Radford last year indicated there were problems long before he was sacked. He told Hull Daily Mail’s Will Jackson: “I got a phone call from Lee who was irate and he felt I was calling him a liar. I said ‘far from it! I think you’ve got an issue with players letting you down, they have the ability and they’re not delivering’. Without betraying any more of the conversation, this was around July, and I left that phone call thinking he is dealing with more than we know with the playing group and that playing group wasn’t mirroring who their coach was and that’s the problem.”
James Graham hopes the suspension of the NRL season due to the coronavirus outbreak does not mean he has played his last game in the competition. Speaking initially on NRL 360, the England international said: “I hope not. Obviously no one really knows what time frame (the NRL has shut down) at the moment and what the future holds. I certainly hope that wouldn’t be the case and I guess my first instinct in answering that question I’d prefer it not to be.”
Barrow Raiders boss Paul Crarey has no doubt the town will pull together in support of all the sporting clubs as the entire of the UK waits nervously to see what the impact the coronavirus will be. “Everyone will pull together – they always do in this country when things are against us, that’s what we’re good at. It’ll be like that in this area and I know the town will get behind the football and the rugby and if there’s any other organisation that needs support, they’ll get behind them as well when the time comes,” he told North West Evening Mail’s Matt Wright.
Wakefield Chairman John Minards has provided a positive update on the redevelopment of the club’s stadium, despite the coronavirus contributing to hugely uncertain times economically. He said on the club’s website: “Having been on the agenda for about 50 years I guess I might have guessed there might be delays! The current crisis is just the latest. The good news is that our plans are very well advanced; in terms of scope, design and funding. We were very close to submitting a planning application a couple of weeks ago and expect to do that whenever things return to normal.”