Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Huddersfield Giants were all linked with a huge move for former St Helens boss Justin Holbrook earlier this season.
The former Saints boss sparked the current dynasty at the Totally Wicked Stadium guiding them to the Super League title in his final game in the UK in 2019 before joining Gold Coast Titans.
However, unable to secure the same kind of success at the Titans that he achieved at the Saints, Holbrook was let go this year and linked with the three clubs aforementioned by Sky Sports Jenna Brooks.
Huddersfield Giants shut down the rumours saying they were “dismayed and totally furious” about the “malicious rumours.”
Warrington weren’t best pleased either also denying the rumours.
However, their position has changed with the departure of Daryl Powell.
The club made the following statement following a shock defeat to Wakefield Trinity:
Warrington Wolves can confirm that Daryl Powell has left his position as Head Coach by mutual consent along with Assistant Ryan Sheridan.
The Club will now begin the process of selecting a new Head Coach with Gary Chambers in interim charge, supported by Richard Marshall, until an appointment is made.
Warrington Wolves Chairman Stuart Middleton said: “We’d like to thank Daryl for his commitment and endeavours since joining the club last season but we feel the team now needs a different approach.
“Results and performances over the past 18 months have fallen short of the standard we expect and feel the club now needs to move in a new direction.
“We will now begin a thorough process to select a new Head Coach to take the club forward.
“We still firmly believe this playing group have the ability to compete at the highest level.”
They may have now found the man to deliver this success in the shape of Justin Holbrook with the Mole of Wide World of Sports claiming on Twitter that he has been offered the role.
— The Mole (@9_Moley) August 2, 2023
The question now is: ‘Will Holbrook accept the offer?’
Time will certainly tell on that front but this is certainly a huge development in the future of one of the best coaches in Super League’s recent history.