Sunday evening saw the dismissal of Daryl Powell from Warrington Wolves with the former Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers boss having been relieved of his duties after just 18 months at the Halliwell Jones.
A difficult first year in which the club finished eleventh winning just nine games was followed by an incredible start to the 2023 season that saw the Wire race to top of the table with eight wins from eight.
That early season hype and form saw the Wolves touted as the real deal with huge plaudits for the turnaround Powell had overseen, as well as praise for the club who stuck by him.
Just a few months later and the Wolves have picked up just a further six points in the league, a record of three wins in twelve games, with the heavy defeat against bottom placed Wakefield Trinity 42-6 ultimately being the last straw for Powell.
Gary Chambers will take over as the interim head coach but in their statement announcing Powell’s departure it was revealed that the search for a new coach would be beginning immediately.
As such there’s been plenty of talk about who will take the job with former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook the name on everyone’s lips and that’s seen him made favourite by the bookmakers.
Holbrook won the Grand Final in 2019 before returning down under where he led Gold Coast Titans until his dismissal earlier this season, a return to Super League had been speculated by Sky Sports’ Jenna Brooks but links to Huddersfield were shut down by the club almost instantly.
There are plenty of long shot names in the betting market including 100/1 shot Kevin Brown, but commentator Mark Wilson has picked out the name of someone priced a little bit shorter who he thinks is the man for the job.
If I were Warrington and Justin Holbrook isn’t available, I’d go all out to get Shaun Wane. The club needs sorting out and Wane would be the man to do it. Wire need to start looking more long term and out building blocks in place now.
— Mark Wilson (@MarkWilsonRadio) July 31, 2023
Wilson put himself in Warrington’s shoes and suggested that if bookmakers favourite Holbrook isn’t available that the next best thing is England boss Shaun Wane.
Given the sparsity of the international calendar and also the close relationship between Wane and Warrington star George Williams it actually maybe isn’t as daft as it sounds on first inspection.
Wilson reasoned that Wane is the type of character to sort a club out, with problems seemingly running deeper than just the head coach given the current two year slump.