Brian Smith quits Wakefield

Brian Smith quits Wakefield Written by STAFF WRITERS, March 9, 2016

VETERAN coach Brian Smith has quit Super League club Wakefield with immediate effect.

Smith, 61, took over the reigns nine months ago in a bid to help the club avoid relegation – which was achieved with their win over Bradford in the Million Pound Match in September. But after just one win from their first five games this year, Smith told his players on Tuesday that he would be resigning due to “personal reasons”.

Wakefield have confirmed they will hold a press conference at 12.30pm on Wednesday at their Belle Vue home ground.

“It was a shock for us,” Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond told the Wakefield Express. “Brian told us that his decision was due to personal reasons and nothing to do with us, as players.

“He didn’t go into any detail but we have to respect his decision. This is professional sport and these things happen.

“Brian is a great coach. We learned from him and he did a lot to keep us in Super League last year.”

Smith becomes the second Super League coach to depart their position after Hull KR sacked Chris Chester last week.

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