Rugby League: Mulholland pays for the failure of Paris
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.
Thursday 08 May 1997
"I'm very disappointed," Mulholland said. "I don't know what I'm going to do now, but, if I'm going to be sacked, this is a great place to be sacked," he said.
Two other coaches who have recently lost their jobs - John Monie at Auckland and Andy Goodway at Oldham - have been mentioned as possible successors. In the short term, the club captain, David O'Donnell, will take charge of training and will select the side to play Castleford on Sunday.
Half the 12 Super League coaches have now been replaced, within three months of the start of the season.
The former Wigan and Great Britain player, Phil Clarke - back in England for tests on the neck injury that ended his playing career with Sydney City Roosters last year - has denied trying to oust Wigan's chairman, Jack Robinson. "But if there was a changing of the guard and there was any way I could help Wigan, then I would feel honoured to do so," he said.
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