Following the surprise announcement from the club that head coach Shaun Wane is set to leave the club at the end of this season, there has been speculation about who will step into the vacancy – but they have reportedly approached one of the most successful coaches in the history of the sport, according to the NRL Footy Show.
England coach Wayne Bennett, currently with the NRL’s Brisbane Broncos coupled with his national duties, has supposedly been presented with a mammoth offer from the Wigan board to take over at the DW Stadium in 2019. The 68 year old, however, is contracted to the Broncos until the end of next season and has previously stated he doesn’t wish to leave his home nation for a club coaching role.
In what would be one of the most sensational coaching appointments in Super League history, Bennett would be able to have more regular access to his England internationals than he currently has from Australia and would have the opportunity to work with some of England’s best young talents – Oliver Gildart, Liam Marshall and Tom Davies to name just three – at the 2016 Super League champions.
Having won every domestic and international trophy possible during his NRL coaching career, the opportunity to add the Super League title to his impressive haul – coupled with the big money on offer – may appeal to the Australian.