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Adrian Lam has ‘not done a great job’, says Wigan chairman

Wigan Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan does not pull his punches, and, his assessment of Adrian Lam’s success at the club is no different.

Lenagan spoke at a fans’ forum over a week ago about the process for selecting a new head coach, but also spoke about the time being right for Lam to move on.

“The selection of Adrian Lam was a decision that we made. And I don’t think it’s a mistake. I think in three years that he’s been at Wigan, he’s done a good job. He’s not done a great job. But he’s done a good job,” Lenagan said.

“We won the league leaders. We were a minute away from winning the Grand Final. But now is the time for him and for us to change. We changed when Brian Noble was here for two years. Michael Maguire two years, Shaun Wane seven years. Adrian’s been there for three years. So, Adrian now moves on.

“And we have to go through the process of selecting the next coach. How do we select the next coach? Well, we haven’t selected him yet. It’s not definite. There are all sorts of rumours around about that.

“But we have a choice of four different directions that we as Wigan could go in; we could go back to Shaun Wane obviously, we could select a person who’s on the staff currently, as an assistant coach, we could go to Australia, and look as we did with Michael Maguire (I spent four trips to Australia over a six-month period to find an Australian coach).

“And the final option of the four that we’ve got is to appoint a UK Head coach. So, we’re going through the process of those four choices.”

It remains to be seen where Lenagan and General Manager Kris Radlinski will go to next, but assistant coach Matty Peet is widely expected to be the man for the Warriors.

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