WIDNES Vikings have parted company with head coach John Kear with immediate effect.

The news comes off the back of a 25-18 home defeat by struggling Swinton.

The Vikings have lost their past four games - winning just one of their last seven since May. 

Head of operations Chris Hamilton said: ” Of course it is never an easy decision to part company with a coach, and we wish to place on record our thanks to John for all his efforts whilst at the club and wish him well in the future.”