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Danny McGuire reveals ‘sour taste’ over Tony Smith exit as he believes former Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos boss set for Super League return

Hull KR interim coach Danny McGuire has enjoyed a real baptism of fire as Rovers boss since the departure of Tony Smith.

Smith shocked the rugby league world when he announced he would be leaving the East Yorkshire club at the end of 2022, but before he got to the end of the season, he was sacked following a dismal run of form.

McGuire was left ‘holding the baby’ with KR in potential trouble of relegation whilst also fighting for the play-offs.

Of course, Rovers cannot qualify for the play-offs now, but McGuire has done a tremendous job of keeping spirits high at Craven Park amidst all the horrendous injuries and suspensions incurred by members of the first-team, reserves and youth players.

Now, McGuire has broken his silence on his relationship with former boss Tony Smith.

“After the first year of being heavily involved with the club in reaching the semis, I felt we had a good group and things just kind of changed over time,” McGuire said.

“I was doing the reserves and having less influence on the first team and it sort of happened. There were a few things that changed and I found myself on the periphery a bit.

“Probably the way things happened with Tony left a bit of a sour taste and it took us a while to get over that, but the back end of the season the players have been fantastic.”

McGuire revealed that he believes Smith will return to coaching.

“I’ve not spoken to him but I saw him in the street and shook his hand. I always thank him for what he did for me as a player and I learnt a lot at the beginning of my coaching career.

“I think Tony will be looking to get back into the game and any team will be fortunate to get someone of Tony’s experience.”

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