Wigan name Wane their new coach in a 'best of British' move
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Wednesday 12 October 2011
Wigan have unveiled Shaun Wane as their new coach, with a promise to take an already successful club on to the next level. The club's chairman, Ian Lenagan, announced a "best of British" coaching structure at the DW Stadium, with Iestyn Harris as No 2 and Paul Deacon retiring from playing to take charge of the under-18s and under-20s.
"There's definitely room for improvement at this club," said Wane, the former Wigan prop, who was assistant to Michael Maguire for the last two highly successful seasons.
"It is a proud day for me. I watched Wigan from being 10 years old. I dreamed of this opportunity and I'm going to make sure I make the best of it," said Wane, who has agreed a two-year contract with a further one-year option.
"I want to make sure that we play every game the best we can and I don't feel that we did that this season. I'm a perfectionist and I demand that players perform to their best week after week."
Wane played for Wigan for 10 years and was man of the match when they beat Manly in the first World Club Challenge in 1987. He also played for Great Britain, Leeds and Workington, before joining the Wigan coaching staff in 2003. Since then, he has played a major role in the development of players such as the Tomkins brothers, Joel and Sam, although he was philosophical about the possible departure of the former to Saracens. "I want the quality of our players to be such that other clubs want them," he said.
Lenagan would not comment on the impending signing of Gareth Thomas, but Wane said he was "comfortable" with the squad he is inheriting, even with the loss of Deacon from the pitch and the likely defection of Tomkins. That was another issue on which Lenagan played a straight bat, but he did indicate that any movements to rugby union would be part of two-way traffic, with Wigan targeting young players from the other code.
Harris, with his union experience, could be a factor in that policy. He said that he was happy to take an apparent step backwards by becoming an assistant again after being in charge last season at Crusaders.
St Helens' half-back, Jonny Lomax, is out of England's Four Nations squad with an ankle ligament problem that requires surgery. He is replaced by Leeds' Danny McGuire.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea injury news: Cesc Fabregas and Branislav Ivanovic could join Diego Costa on the sidelines for crucial Manchester City clash
Australian Open 2015: Thanks to Amelie Mauresmo, it's no longer Andy Murray against the world
Manchester United sign former Manchester City prospect Sadiq El Fitouri on advice from Phil Neville and Paul Scholes
Kim Sears 'swearing' outburst threatens to overshadow Andy Murray's Australian Open semi-final win
Arsene Wenger photobombs Arsenal photo shoot - manages to look like famous 'Bigfoot' picture
- 1 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Game of Thrones season 5 trailer: The first full-length look is here
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
King Abdullah dead: We can't afford not to hold Saudi Arabia's royals to account