Gateshead Thunder part company with coach Richard Pell

Richard Pell
Pell failed to win a league game in charge at Gateshead

Championship One side Gateshead Thunder have parted company with head coach Richard Pell by mutual consent.

Pell, who was appointed in July 2010, leaves with the club bottom of the division with seven defeats in eight league games.

"We would like to thank Richard for his hard work and determination," said director of rugby Chris Hood.

"We are now over half way through the season and the results haven't been in best interests for both parties."

Hood continued: "Therefore we have agreed to part ways by mutual consent.

"I must put on record that Richard has played an important part in the re-building of our club and that he and his family will always be welcome at Gateshead Thunder, and we wish him all the best for the future."

Pell failed to end a miserable run of league defeats for Gateshead in the that stretches back to 21 March 2010, when the club last ran out winners with a 24-18 win at London Skolars.

The only win for Thunder this term came in the 38-16 Challenge Cup success against Leeds-based amateur side Milford Marlins.

Assistant Tim Rumford has also handed in his resignation, leaving director of rugby Chris Hood to take charge of the game with South Wales Scorpions on Sunday.

"On behalf of the board of directors and everyone at the club, we would like to thank Tim for everything he has done during his time with us," Hood added.

"Tim has found myself in a position that has dramatically changed in the past week and it is unfortunate that he is leaving us. However it was felt by Tim that this was the best course of action to take for himself."

"Tim is an extremely ambitious coach with a huge amount of potential, and he will always be an exciting and positive addition to any club he works with."

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