Adrian Morley will know Tony Smith more than most.
Morley was at Warrington Wolves when Smith arrived with the club struggling only for him to revitalise the club.
In his first season the Wolves defied the odds and won the Challenge Cup and retained it in 2010 as they made the top four for the first time.
In 2011 they finished top prior to making back to back Grand Finals in 2012 and 2013.
Smith thus can work magic at struggling clubs and he is back in that situation at Hull FC who have lost the last seven.
Morley is back Smith at the Black and Whites and surprisingly said Smith will have been happy with the game against Leeds Rhinos last week despite losing 34-10.
“I do, I certainly do. He’s a tried and tested coach and even looking at that result you’d think he’d be disappointed but I think that’s an improvement from Hull,” he said on The Last Tackle.
“I said a couple of weeks ago that he’s all about performance rather than result and I think even though they got beat by 34 points to 10, I think he’ll see that as a positive.
“It’s going to start the building blocks going and I expect them to come good later on in the season but it’s another good win for Leeds. It’s a work in progress for Tony Smith but I think it’s a step in the right direction.”