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Jamie Jones-Buchanan told he could do a good job at Wakefield Trinity

This time last year Jamie Jones-Buchanan was handing over control of Leeds Rhinos to Rohan Smith.

Buchanan had done a terrific job of steadying the ship at Headingley and delivering some key results against Huddersfield Giants, Toulouse Olympique and Hull KR.

He perhaps laid down the groundwork for Smith to take Leeds to an unlikely Grand Final but a year on from his last game in charge, Buchanan has given all the credit to Smith.

“Ultimately Rohan Smith did all the hard work, did all the clever work and got them to a Grand Final,” he said on BBC Five Live.

Then Kevin Brown said: “There might be a gap in the market for people like you, go in and put all the fires out and let the coach come in and take all the plaudits.”

Host Dave Woods then joked: “What about the Wakefield job?”

Only for Brown to say: “That fire’s out of control. At the minute it is.”

“Wakefield haven’t scored in five but they’ve only scored one try in two, so it’s two tries in seven games and that’s just not great. They’ll go to Wigan and Warrington with no expectations so it’s just about putting a performance together.

“The pressure will all be on Hull because no one expected Hull to be anywhere near a relegation fight. If they can’t pick up their act in the next couple of weeks and they play Wakefield, because Wakefield will go into that as a must win but the pressure is on Hull definitely.”

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