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Tony Smith open to coaching in Super League again after Hull FC sacking

Former Hull FC head coach Tony Smith has refused to rule out a future Super League role, following his sacking earlier this year.

The club parted company with him with immediate effect, after winning just one game at the start of the season and sitting second-from-bottom in the table.

Hull’s only win came against London Broncos, and they conceded a club-record number of points in the first seven games of the season.

Since then, they have lost every game they have played under interim head coach Simon Grix, and will have John Cartwright at the helm from 2025.

In an interview with The Yorkshire Post, Tony Smith suggested that he may be interested in returning to Super League at some point.

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Tony Smith open to coaching in Super League again after Hull FC sacking

Hull FC Head Coach Tony Smith

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The 57-year-old did preface talk of future roles with “I’m not actively searching at the moment,” but it’s clear to see he probably won’t be out of the game for long.

He has held five different Super League head coach roles, namely Huddersfield Giants, Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Hull KR and Hull FC, and has coached over 600 games. He achieved most success with the Rhinos, winning two grand-finals in 2004 and 2007, the latter being his final game with the club.

He’s also coached Japan, Great Britain and England.

He continued: “I just love coaching.

“Even though my last project was really tough – probably the toughest I’ve ever had – I was still enjoying the coaching aspect of it.

“I wouldn’t say never but it would have to be the right opportunity. They all excite you but it’s what the expectations are and the length of time.”

Smith open to the “right opportunity”

Hull FC coach Tony Smith

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He took the Hull FC job after Brett Hodgson had led the Black and Whites to bottom-half finishes, but in his 18 months in charge, Smith could only guide the side to a tenth-place finish in 2023, and left them second-bottom this year – a position they continue to hold today.

However, the Australian believes that he could have changed their fortunes – and that he could the same for another club.

He said: “If the right opportunity came along and somebody wanted to change their fortunes with a reasonable and practical view on how long that takes, I’ve got a pretty good track record of turning places around. Eventually we would have got FC going as well.”

At the moment, it looks like the only head coach in a precarious position is his nephew, Rohan, at Leeds Rhinos, but if a role does indeed come free, Tony Smith may well be in the running.
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