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Saturday, 19 May, 2001, 12:26 GMT 13:26 UK
Steadman looking less than steady
John Kear is a former assistant coach at Castleford
John Kear is a former assistant coach at Castleford
By BBC Sport's Dave Woods

Graham Steadman's long term prospects as head coach of Castleford are already looking grim - less than a week after he was given the position until the end of the season.

The former stand-off and full-back looked an automatic choice to take over on a full-time basis from Stuart Raper following the Aussie's move to Wigan.

And he has been given the green light to steer the club to the end of this campaign.

But a clash of personalities within the Castleford dressing room have already led to the Tiger's board beginning a discreet search for an alternative permanent solution.

Graham Steadman
Steadman may struggle to prolong his spell to next season
Three famous sons of Castleford are heading the list of likely candidates to be handed the job by the beginning of next season at the latest - Mal Reilly, John Kear and Andy Goodway.

All three are Castleford born, with Reilly the leading candidate at this stage.

The only question is whether the former Cas player and coach wants the job.

As well as his time at Wheldon Road, he went on to coach Halifax, Leeds and Great Britain.

He also played for Manly in Australia and coached Newcastle to ARL Grand Final success down under.

Reilly's last head-coaching position was with the Huddersfield Giants, who finished bottom of the Super League under his stewardship.

John Kear is another former Castleford player, and one time assistant coach at the club.

The current RFL Player Development manager has a CV that includes coaching Sheffield to the historic 1998 Challenge Cup win over Wigan.

Mal Reilly
Reilly's last Super League coaching spell went badly
He's also been in charge of the French national team, Paris St Germain, Huddersfield and was in charge of England's World Cup squad last Autumn.

The third candidate is Andy Goodway, who didn't make his name with his home town club, but became one of the outstanding forwards of his generation with Oldham, Wigan and Great Britain.

He's another former Great Britain coach, and has also had coaching stints with Oldham, Paris and Wigan. He's currently head of the players' union.

Steadman may yet win round his doubters.

He's highly thought of in RFL circles for his technical abilities on the training field, now his man-management skills will be tested to the limit.

It's unlikely Steadman will stay, but whoever does get the job permanently faces a tough task following Raper's example at the unfashionable club.

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