As the football world speculates over Gareth Southgate’s future, rugby league fans are speculating over the future of Shaun Wane after England were dumped out of the Rugby League World Cup in the semi-finals.
These were compounded by the comments of ex-St Helens Jon Wilkin and ex-Wigan Warriors Brian Carney on Sky Sports.
So, if Wane was to step down before the next World Cup in 2025 in France – he only has one more year on his current deal – who should replace him?
The modern game requires a coach who knows how to get the most out of all players in the modern game. Paul Rowley is that man. At Salford Red Devils, he doesn’t have the funds rival coaches have and hasn’t had the biggest pack a similar underdog situation England often find themselves in against the Australia. The strength of English rugby has always been expansive rugby which is exactly what Rowley brings.
The Wigan Warriors boss also likes expansive rugby taking Wigan from a struggling attack in 2021 to the best attack in 2022 and that would be vital to England in their hopes of ending a 50 year wait to bring the World Cup back to Britain. He is also brilliant at developing young players.
Watson has been one of the best coaches in Super League over the last five years. He has defied the odds at two clubs to make both Salford and Huddersfield competitors at the top. He maximises every element of the game, no coach is as good at getting his side to control a game which is a must in knockout rugby.