WAKEFIELD boss Richard Agar has insisted nothing will change after being named the new coach of the French national team.
And he’s made it clear it’s business as usual as the Wildcats prepare to host the top-of-the-table Giants in Sunday’s Super League XVIII clash.
Agar was confirmed as France’s new head coach in Toulouse earlier this week and will combine his international role with his day-to-day job with Wildcats domestically.
But he insists his role will not impact on his job as Wildcats head coach, saying that any meetings or training sessions he holds with his France squad will fit around his work with Wakefield.
The gap in the domestic fixture list for England’s clash with the Exiles in the international origin match will allow Agar (pictured) time over in France with his troops, while he is also expecting to tie-in meetings when Wakefield visit Catalans Dragons in Super League next month.
“There is enough opportunity, and I’m saying this to the Wakefield fans and Wakefield players which I have spoken to about it,” said Agar, who’s side welcome Huddersfield after their highly-impressive 28-0 triumph at London Broncos on Sunday.
“I wanted their support and I wanted the support of the board before I accepted the job. They won’t know I’m gone, it’s plain and simple.
“It will be done in and around time off and weekends if we don’t have a game or when there are bigger gaps in the calendar.
“At the end of the year I’ll be gone and out of the country for a few weeks but that’s the off-season. I’m looking forward to it and it’s very, very important for people to know Wakefield is my bread and butter and what I’m passionate about.
“There’s no way I would have considered taking the job if I felt there was any compromise anywhere down the line and the French people know that too. We have worked out a very happy arrangement and we think we can make it work in terms of what we can commit to the team too.
“As soon as my appointment was announced, the only thing on my mind was preparing my Wakefield side to face Huddersfield Giants on Sunday.”
The Giants and Wakefield will go head-to-head in the Under 19s Academy at the YMCA tomorrow night (7.30).
The game should have been played at Wakefield on Saturday, but has been switched to avoid two games in two days on the pitch.