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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 January 2006, 08:20 GMT
Powell named as Leeds Tykes coach
Daryl Powell
Leeds have appointed Daryl Powell as their new first team coach.

Powell, formally head coach of rugby league club Leeds Rhinos, has been promoted from his former job as the Tykes' offensive coach.

The 41-year-old takes over the role from rugby director Phil Davies, who stood down as head coach last October.

"Daryl has shown a tremendous thirst for learning and has grown into the role and we feel that the time is right for his promotion," said Davies.

"Since October we have interviewed a number of highly qualified candidates for the role, all of which have had experience of coaching at an international level.
We want to play in a style that is attractive for people to watch but it also has to be winning rugby
Daryl Powell

"However, during that exhaustive interview process we have also made a number of internal changes within the coaching team that have made a significant difference to the way we are performing.

"At the start of the season, Daryl had only recently been introduced to rugby union and, despite having coached at the highest level in rugby league, we felt it would take longer for him to adapt to the game.

"However, over the past eight to 12 weeks it has become obvious that the right man to take us forward is Daryl.

"A big part of our decision has been the feedback we have received from the players, particularly the backline."

Powell will have responsibility for all back play, selection, team attacking options and one-on-one player development.

He said: "At the start of the season I probably was not ready for this position but I have been surprised how quickly I have become immersed in the game.

Personally, it has been a very challenging time for me
Phil Davies
Leeds director of rugby

"I am really enjoying myself at the moment and over a natural process there has been a gradual progression of my responsibilities within the coaching staff.

"I think perhaps where I may differ from other rugby league coaches who have come into rugby union, my role has not been about defence but attack and creating gaps and openings.

"We want to play in a style that is attractive for people to watch but it also has to be winning rugby as well."

Davies will remain in his role as director of rugby but with specific focus on forwards coaching, selection and strategic development of the club.

The former Welsh international forward, who has been at Headingley since 1996, added: "Over the past three months we have done an honest and thorough evaluation of our club and what we need to do to take us forward.

"Personally, it has been a very challenging time for me. Having been at Leeds for 10 years it was only right to take a step back and evaluate what was best for this club.

"I am now more committed than ever to take this club forward to the next level.

"If anything, the past three months have made me realise my passion and desire to succeed at Headingley is stronger than ever and hopefully over the coming weeks and months that is exactly what we will do."

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