Catalans Dragons boss Steve McNamara’s name reportedly ‘thrown into the mix’ for big Super League appointment

Catalans Dragons boss Steve McNamara has done an excellent job in the south of France since taking over ahead of the 2018 Super League season.

That year, the Dragons were almost relegated in the Million Pound Game against the Leigh Centurions, but managed to fight tooth and nail to escape the drop.

And, since then, Catalans have been a major force to be reckoned with in Super League, winning the Challenge Cup and reaching the Grand Final last year.

Moreover, they are in prime position to launch a Grand Final charge once more in 2022, too.

However, with Hull FC needing a new head coach following the departure of Brett Hodgson, McNamara’s name has been ‘thrown into the mix’ according to former Hull star Paul Cooke.

“Steve McNamara’s name has been thrown into the mix which I think would be a great appointment,” Cooke said on BBC Radio Humberside.

“Steve has been away from hull for so long, but he’s done a great job in Catalans in avoiding the drop. I was relegated with Leigh in the Million Pound Game against Catalans.

“They then go and he rebuilds the club, he is basically three years further down the line than if he came back to Hull.”

Cooke, however, does not believe that McNamara – who used to play for Hull FC – would risk taking up the job at the MKM Stadium.

“There is a lure of coming home and his family his back home. He has been over in Australia with the Roosters and in New Zealand with the Warriors and he’s been the England head coach.

“He has galvanised that group and made them able to compete for the Grand Final and regularly compete at the top of the table.

“I’m not sure I would risk that and come back to Hull when they’ve had four coaches in five years.”