The new Hull FC head coach is set to have his work cut out to put the pieces of the Black and Whites jigsaw back together.
Fragmented, former boss Brett Hodgson departed the MKM Stadium on Monday, just two days after Hull went down 36-4 at home to bitter rivals Hull KR.
Hodgson had only been in charge for two seasons before chairman Adam Pearson and the board have decided that the club needs to go in another direction – with former Rovers boss Tony Smith being widely touted as a potential avenue to go down.
Two other names have also been mentioned in potential names to be thrown into the hat and they are former Wigan Warriors head coaches Shaun Wane and Michael Maguire.
Both are currently head coaches of international sides – Wane with England and Maguire with New Zealand – which may well rule the duo out of the running if Pearson’s comments about Hodgson’s replacement are to be read carefully.
Pearson wrote: “The process of appointing a new head coach is underway, with a focused shortlist to identify the right person to get the best out of our senior squad, but also someone who will continue to embrace our long-term strategy from grassroots to first-team.
“We are encouraged by the progress of our academy and Centre of Excellence programme, plus the investment in a new multi-million pound training centre – but we recognise that delivering a competitive team on a consistent basis at first-team level is crucial to underpinning everything at the club.
“We are confident of making a prompt appointment following the recruitment process and remain focused on improving performance at first-team level to meet the expectation of our supporters and stakeholders.”
How would either Wane or Maguire be able to take up the role instantly to be there as promptly as possible given their World Cup commitments at the end of the season?
That perhaps points to just one person and one person only take over – Tony Smith, who is currently without a job and can step in immediately.