Powell: I'll do whatever role is required
London Broncos head coach Rob Powell would be open to the idea of being given a helping hand to turn around the fortunes of the struggling Stobart Super League team.
Broncos chairman David Hughes implemented a mid-season review after his bold decision to spend up to the salary cap this year with the addition of a host of high-profile imports looks to have backfired.
The Londoners are currently lying next to bottom of the table with just two wins from their opening 14 matches and in danger of collecting the wooden spoon.
It is thought one recommendation of the review, which is being carried out by chief executive Gus Mackay, could be the appointment of an experienced director of rugby to work alongside Powell, who at 31 is the youngest Super League head coach by some distance.
“I will work as hard as I can for the club while I am employed by them,” said Powell, who succeeded Brian McDermott at the start of the 2011 season.
“I’ve been working with London rugby league for 10 years and at this club for seven years so it’s something close to my heart and whatever role I’m asked to fulfil I will carry out to the best of my ability.
“I’ve said from the off that I’m happy to fit into whatever structure the club thinks is appropriate - that’s something out of my control.
“I came into this position because I was asked to do the job and I’ve been doing the job for the last 18 months.
“If the club makes a decision to do something different or take it in a different direction or ask for another way of doing it, I’m all ears, but that’s not how it was presented to me.”
Powell’s men went close to ending their five-match losing run in Super League when they lost 14-12 to Hull FC in Gillingham last Sunday but face another stiff test this weekend when they take on high-flying Catalan Dragons, who won 36-18 at the Twickenham Stoop at Easter.
“Against Hull it was the best we’ve defended all year, which makes it slightly disappointing because one thing we have been good at this year is scoring points,” Powell said.
“Catalans have got a threat all over the field so it’s a good acid test for us.
“We know if we defend like we did on Sunday and start putting some offensive things together we’ll be alright.”
The London-Catalan clash will open day two of the Magic Weekend at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium, where all 14 Super League clubs will be in action over 24 hours.