Jon Wilkin thinks this Super League coach could be under pressure after five games

Previously, Jon Wilkin suggested that Warrington Wolves needed to win their first five games of the season to keep Daryl Powell from being put under pressure.

Today, Wilkin spoke on the rugby league verdict on Sky Sports and lent more context to his thoughts.

He said: “I think they’ll win some of them [their opening five games], I don’t think they will win all five.

“My point is, if Daryl Powell didn’t address the slump in form quickly then quite simply in sport, you’re out.

“Sport is not sentimental and romantic, it is performance based. Ultimately, this Warrington team have a tough first five fixtures, they didn’t perform last year at all.

“They finished second bottom last year. They have opened the cheque book, there won’t be a team, I believe, that has spent more than Warrington in Super League history and they’ve done that again.

“He’s going to have to get results because if it gets to March 17th and they’re playing Leigh and they lose on the back of more losses, that could be a very difficult conversation for Daryl Powell.”

That said he did state that he is hopeful for the Wolves in 2023: “I’m hopeful for Warrington this year, they’ve made some unbelievable signings.”

The Wolves start the season at home against Leeds Rhinos who played in the 2022 Grand Final before facing the side many people could push the top two in 2023 Huddersfield Giants.

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