Ball ‘expects’ to lose job

HALIFAX caretaker coach Damian Ball has admitted he is virtually resigned to having to leave the club at the end of the season.

Ball, the former assistant to departed boss Matt Calland, took temporary charge after the exit of the ex-Bradford threequarter and guided the club to back-to-back wins over York and Toulouse before Sunday’s knife edge 18-16 loss at Batley.

Shay officials, who have not advertised the job as yet, have remained tightlipped over Calland’s potential replacement, only confirming that no appointment is likely until the season is over.

Batley’s Karl Harrison, the former Fax forward and Hall of Fame member, remains the white-hot favourite, although Courier Sport understands that several other relatively high-profile candidates have contacted the club.

But in the first outward sign that progress is being made behind the scenes, Ball said he believed it is unlikely he will have a job in the new regime.

“I expect not to be here, which is how it happens in rugby league,” said Ball, whose next assignment is preparing his side for Thursday night’s televised home game against Super League-bound play off rivals Widnes.

“I’ve had a brief conversation with a director about it, and I just said I was realistic enough to know that’s how things go.

“I know the game: Someone else comes in and brings their own men with them.

“Time will tell, and I don’t want to comment too much on it because things can change, but I have certainly enjoyed the last three weeks.

“It’s been good experience, and although I aged about six years in 80 minutes at Batley on Sunday, it’s opened my eyes to perhaps being a head coach one day.

“The circumstances in which this came about weren’t great, because I’m good friends with Matt, but from a professional viewpoint it’s been good and if I can get a little experience on my CV then that might help me take the next step.

“Hopefully an opportunity will present itself at some stage for me.”