Super League strugglers Castleford part company with coach Millward after seven successive defeats
18:04 GMT, 9 April 2013
23:16 GMT, 9 April 2013
Castleford Tigers have parted company with head coach Ian Millward following a miserable run of form that sees them languishing at the bottom of Super League.
The 52-year-old Australian has paid the price for the Tigers poor run which has personally seen him collect only seven victories in his 38 Super League games in charge.
Millward's assistant Stuart Donlan has also left the club and Tigers legend Danny Orr, who joined the coaching staff in the summer, will now take charge for their match against Widnes on Saturday.
Dreadful run: Millward (pictured) has overseen just one victory in the last 18 games at the West Yorkshire outfit
Castleford lost 24-44 to Huddersfield Giants on Saturday to leave the club rock bottom of Super League with just one win and one draw from their 11 matches.
Former Wakefield Wildcats coach John Kear, who is currently in charge of Championship side Batley and ex-Hull KR coach Justin Morgan are among the names who have been linked with the role.
Temporary charge: Danny Orr spent seven of his 16 year playing career with the Tigers
A statement on the club's official site said: 'Following a meeting with Ian Millward, both parties agreed that he should relinquish his position as head coach,'
'After a promising start to the 2013 season, recent results have been unacceptable for all concerned, including sponsors and supporters.'
Millward had been appointed in 2011 to succeed Terry Matterson at Wheldon Road but after narrowly avoiding the wooden spoon last year, the club have decided to act after a poor set of results this term.
Although still early in the season, 2013 has been a turbulent one for the West Yorkshire club after Chief Executive Steve Ferres walked out of his job after only seven months due to differences of opinion with the board of directors.
His shock resignation was soon followed by commercial manager Nick Fozzard to leave the Tigers in disarray.
Head of youth development Steve Gill was appointed as CEO to steady the ship on an interim role in March but was given on the position on a permanent basis earlier this week.
His first task will now be to find a successor for Millward as the Tigers look to save their season.