Ian Millward to return from compassionate leave
Thursday 08 March 2012
Castleford head coach Ian Millward has told the club he will end his compassionate leave this weekend.
The former St Helens boss has been coming to terms with the loss of his 19-year-old son, who died suddenly of a heart attack 18 days ago, leaving his assistant Stuart Donlan in charge of the recent Super League games against Wigan and Leeds.
Donlan will remain in charge for Saturday's trip to London Broncos but Millward has had a big say in team selection this week ahead of his return to work on Monday.
"Ian is going to be back with us on Monday," Donlan said. "We've got a meeting with the players and all the staff at one o'clock. He's got a few things he needs to say to everyone.
"He's in good spirits. He watched the game last Friday on Sky with his family.
"We had a good chat first thing on Monday morning and he rang me again on Monday evening to discuss how training had gone that day.
"We spoke about the squad and selections for this week and who he wants to play in the reserves to get some game time in.
"The unfortunate thing is it would have been Robbie's birthday on Saturday so it's another hurdle he's got to get over."
Castleford will be aiming to end a four-match losing run on Saturday and Donlan says the imminent return of their head coach will provide extra motivation.
"The aim this week is to make his return a lot easier with a victory," he said.
"It would be nice for him to be able to sit down and watch a winning team when he looks at the video on Sunday night.
"The aim is to welcome him back with two more points on the ladder."
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
Chelsea transfer news: Diego Costa wants a reunion with £25m Manchester United target Arda Turan... because he loves his kebabs
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture