Perry left in dark about DK future

Dudley News: Harry Bayliss offloads to Donavan Smile during DK's loss to Sedgley Park. Photo: Ian Jackson Harry Bayliss offloads to Donavan Smile during DK's loss to Sedgley Park. Photo: Ian Jackson

DUDLEY Kingswinford coach Shaun Perry says he has been left in the dark about his future at the club following the appointment of Carl Douglas as the new director of rugby.

Perry, who is joint head coach with player Peter Knight, said he is disappointed with the club's silence.

It was announced a fortnight ago that Douglas will take up a director of rugby role from May 1, a position Perry also applied for.

Perry's main issue comes from the fact that no one from DK has spoken to him about his future beyond the current campaign. He also found out he hadn't got the director of rugby position from someone outside the club.

He said: "I'm assuming that the club's silence means that I'm not needed next season. It's disappointing that it has been handled this way because I thought someone might sit down with me and explain what was going on.

"It's disappointing because I know a lot of people at the club that I consider close family friends.

"I am going to be putting out my CV and will look for another coaching position."

However, he said he was proud DK had appointed a director of rugby after the work he and joint head coach Knight put in to outline the role.

"We spent time convincing the club that it was the right thing to do to move forwards and we put our knowledge and expertise into creating the position," he added.

"I envisaged that the new director of rugby would work closely with a team manager, but it looks as though the club has gone for a all-encompassing role."

Former London Welsh and Worcester coach Douglas will oversee the youth section, 16-19 rugby and the senior set-up. He will also have to spend time on duties beyond coaching, such as administration and funding.

Perry added: "The pleasing thing about it is that the club took on what we were saying. It hasn't worked out for me but the club gets what it needs to move forwards.

"Current director of rugby, Gordon Bannatyne, has done a fantastic job but it was clear that the club needed to change the way it worked to be able to improve.

"There were times when, as a coach, there was no one to go to who could make quick financial decisions about the team and players. We always had to wait for everything to be approved, by then we had often missed the moment. It was frustrating."

On the pitch, Perry says his young side are determined to do all they can to get a win before the season ends.

They will face Chester away this Saturday before taking on Leicester Lions at home in the final game of the season.

DK will go into the game on the back of an encouraging second half showing in last Saturday's 48-14 home defeat against Sedgley Park.

"We started to see some of the things we have been working on coming through," added Perry.

"Going a whole season without a win is not a nice tag to have and the players will be doing all they can to make sure that doesn't happen."

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