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Sky Sports reveal five front-runners for Hull FC job – Including two new candidates

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Hull FC are currently without a head coach since the departure of Tony Smith last month.

Their season started in disappointing fashion, with their only win coming against London Broncos, and conceding a record number of points to start the campaign.

Since Smith’s departure, a whole host of names have been mentioned for the role with Paul Rowley the only known legitimate target.

Rowley turned down the offer from the Black & Whites, instead opting to stay at Salford Red Devils, a decision which shocked many with Hull prepared to pay big money to bring him to the MKM Stadium.

Since then, another group of candidates emerged and Speaking on Sky Sports News’ ‘The Verdict’, Jon Wilkin revealed an updated list of contenders for the job.

“There’s a few candidates,” said Wilkin. “Brian McDermott has been mentioned, but he’s also been linked to the South Sydney job just today, so I’m not sure. For people who don’t know, he’s coaching over at Newcastle in the NRL at the minute.

“Dean Young is a young coach over in the NRL, Chad Randall, young coach in the NRL, they’re two names as chances.

“But we’ve been told that they’re looking for an English, British coach, and when you’re looking at that, maybe Lee Briers, maybe Danny McGuire.”

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So let’s run down the names mentioned by Wilkin and host Jenna Brooks.

Brian McDermott was once a Super League mainstay, there are few coaches that have more experience, cementing his name as one of the greats during his long spell at Leeds Rhinos. In that spell McDermott won four Grand Finals, a League Leaders’ Shield, back-to-back Challenge Cups and the World Club Challenge.

During his time at the Rhinos, he also signed Richie Myler in 2018 – who is now Director of Rugby at Hull FC; he may want to repay the favour, and sign his former boss to the Airlie Birds’ role.

McDermott has since struggled to achieve the same success, with a unfortunate spell at Toronto Wolfpack and a disappointing experience at Featherstone Rovers, which culminated in 2022, being the last we’ve seen of him as a head coach so far.

However, since arriving in the NRL as the assistant of Newcastle Knights, McDermott has earned rave reviews down under and as Wilkin mentioned, has even had his name mentioned as a potential candidate for the South Sydney Rabbitohs’ job.

Of the other names mentioned, Dean Young is currently assistant coach of St. George Illawarra Dragons and previously was the assistant at North Queensland Cowboys.

Meanwhile, Chad Randall is assistant coach at Canterbury Bulldogs.

Randall is no stranger to British rugby league, making around 200 appearances for London Broncos from 2006 to 2013.

Then on to Lee Briers who has been touted as one of the club’s top targets in recent weeks.

Previously a coach at Warrington, and Wigan Warriors assistant, he headed Down Under ahead of the 2023 season, joining the Brisbane Broncos prior to the 2023 season as an attacking coach.

He’s also joined the England set-up as an assistant coach, alongside Andy Last, supporting head coach Shaun Wane.

Danny McGuire

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Then finally we have Danny McGuire, who is the current assistant coach at Castleford Tigers. McGuire was an iconic figure in British rugby league as a player, primarily for the Leeds Rhinos.

Although he’s never had a permanent head coaching role, he was interim head coach for Hull KR in 2022 following the departure of Tony Smith. In that spell he led his side to five wins from ten games, showing that he’s probably capable of making the step up.

Castleford are another side struggling this season, and if McGuire decides that he’d like to jump ship, this could be a good option for FC knowing they are gaining a young coach who already has plenty of experience.

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