Warrington Wolves Chairman explains shock Sam Burgess appointment

Warrington Wolves have shocked the world by appointing Sam Burgess as their head coach replacing former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos boss Daryl Powell as the club’s head coach following defeat to Wakefield Trinity.

Burgess has signed a two year deal as the Wolves Head Coach and will be in charge for the 2024 and 2025 seasons at least.

Burgess is a legend in the NRL and was an amazing England and Great Britain international.

He led the South Sydney Rabbitohs to success in the 2014 season guiding them to Grand Final glory with a broken cheekbone.

On his first step into being a first team coach, Burgess said:

“I’m pleased to confirm I will take on the role of Head Coach at the Warrington Wolves for seasons 24/25.

“From playing in the Super League to having the opportunity to lead an incredible club, it’s a full circle moment and one I am fully committed to and excited by.

“I want to thank Simon [Moran], Stuart [Middleton] and Karl [Fitzpatrick] at the Wolves for their courage and collaboration, as I look forward to returning to England to coach this great club.

“To Russell [Crowe], Blake [Solly], JD [Demetriou] and the stakeholders at South Sydney, thank you for supporting me in taking on this new position. We still have an opportunity to play some great football for the remainder of the year and to do so alongside our current staff and squad, is my focus.”

Warrington Wolves Chairman Stuart Middleton explained the decision: “We’re thrilled to have Sam join us as our new Head Coach.

“He is an impressive, young and determined coach with a huge reputation within the sport.

“He was a leader for both club and country at the highest level throughout his playing career and is extremely well-driven to now make his mark as a coach in Super League.

“The ambition he has for the club and the culture he wants to instil really impressed and stood out for us during the interview process. We firmly believe he is the right man to take the club forward.

“We’re delighted also that Gary [Chambers] has agreed to become the club’s Director of Rugby.

“As part of our review of the rugby operations we feel this new role will be strategically integral to both the short and long term vision of the club.

“Gary’s expertise and knowledge of the game, matched by his passion for the club, makes him the perfect fit. He is hugely respected by the players, staff and fans and I’m excited for him to lead the club forward alongside Sam in this next chapter.”