Powell 2nd favourite to replace Wane at Wigan

Super League sponsors Betfred have halved the odds on Castleford Coach Daryl Powell taking the vacant Head Coach position at Wigan for 2019 to just 5/1 .

Powell led Castleford to the League Leaders Shield in 2017 and is said to be very popular in the boardroom at the DW Stadium , it would surely though be very difficult to persuade him to leave Castleford where he is a club legend .

He has been Tigers head coach since 2013 and is approaching 100 wins  in his 5 years there , he also coached Leeds Rhinos from 2001 after retiring from a successful playing career . He was moved upstairs by the Rhinos to Director of Rugby 2 years later .

Shaun Edwards remains clear favourite at 6/4 to take the helm at the DW Stadium after declaring an interest in coaching in Super League , stating he wanted the chance to become the 1st coach to win Super League and the Aviva Premiership , which he did as Wasps Coach in 2005 . He also had a distinguished playing career at Wigan , winning every honour in his 14 years there .

Punters thinking Wigan may promote from within can get 7/1 that John Winder is promoted in the same way Shaun Wane was back in 2011 , Paul Deacon and Wayne Bennett come next at 10/1` with Trent Barrett  and Dave Furner at 12/1 .

Odds available on the Betfred site for plenty of contenders , Sean O’Loughlin is 20/1 with early front runner Tony Smith at 25/1 .