Hanley steps down at lowly Castleford

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Ellery Hanley is leaving his role as coaching consultant at Castleford after less than two months in the post.

Ellery Hanley is leaving his role as coaching consultant at Castleford after less than two months in the post.

The former Great Britain captain and coach was brought on board in May after four years out of the game to assist Gary Mercer after Castleford's dismal early-season form saw them slump to the bottom of Super League and sack their coach, Graham Steadman.

In his time at The Jungle, however, Cas have won one game and remain in last place. Hanley's legal representatives and the club were preparing a joint statement last night, but his departure will strengthen the theory that Neil Kelly, who was sacked by Widnes on Sunday, could be on his way to Castleford.

Although Hanley was hired for the rest of the season, a joint statement from him and the club last night said he had "completed his analysis. He has fulfilled his commitments to the club and feels that they are fully aware of what is required for Super League survival".

Widnes have confirmed that Stuart Spruce will become their caretaker coach following the weekend sacking of Kelly.

Spruce, who had two spells as a player with his home-town club, returned as assistant coach this season. He will be in charge for the first time at Huddersfield on Sunday as Widnes look for a permanent successor.

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