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Tony Smith says he wouldn’t have been successful under Richie Myler at Hull FC

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Hull FC secured just their second Super League win of the season yesterday, defeating a poor Leeds Rhinos side 18-10 at the MKM Stadium. FC were much the better side as they secured their first win under interim head coach, Simon Grix.

Hull started the season with Tony Smith as Head Coach, who was working as part of the Sky Sports team for the TV coverage of the game. Smith left his position in April, following a string of disappointing results and, in particular, abject performances, including conceding 50 points three times in their first six games in all competitions.

Following Smith’s departure, former Leeds Rhinos player, Richie Myler was appointed as the club’s Director of Rugby, and has been tasked with overseeing a major rebuild at the club. Hull will appoint a new permanent coach for 2025, bringing in experienced Australian, John Cartwright.

Now, speaking in the build up to the Hull and Leeds game, Smith offered his opinion on whether he could have successfully worked with Myler at FC.

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Tony Smith would not have been successful under Myler at Hull FC

Hull FC Head Coach Tony Smith

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Speaking as part of Sky Sport’s punditry team in the build up to the Hull versus Leeds game, Smith has opened up on his relationship with Myler, and whether he was made of Myler’s impending appointment when he left the club in April.

Whilst Smith had a good working relationship with Myler when he coached him at Warrington, Smith does not believe that the relationship would have worked well with Myler as Director of Rugby.

“Yeah it was surprising. It was a drastic change of direction but understand after the announcements that came out a few days later.” Smith said.

“[I] totally get it ,totally get it, because it’s a change in direction in terms of where the leadership was going”

Asked whether he believed the impending appointment of Myler played a role in the decision to change head coach, Smith stated that he believed it did play a role.

“Yeah, I would think so. I don’t know all the facts and ins and outs but I would imagine so but even that direction changed. Rich was a player I coached and had some fun for many years ago. However, I’m not sure that we would have been the right sort of partnership to get these guys to where they need to be and this club to be where they need to be.

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