After weeks of speculation, Wigan have finally confirmed this evening that Head Coach Michael Maguire will leave the cub and return to Australia at the end of the current season.
Maguire, who led Wigan to their first SuperLeague Championship win since 1998 in his first season in charge, has agreed to take up the position of Head Coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2012 onwards.
The coach then said the decision was made for “personal reasons”, praising players and staff and highlighting his desire to bring his children up in his homeland.
“Wigan Rugby League Club announces the decision by Michael Maguire, advised to the Club today, to leave his position as Head Coach of Wigan Warriors at the end of the 2011 season to return to Australia to take up the position as Head Coach at South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL,” the club said on their website.
“We thank Michael for his efforts in 2010 and in leading Wigan to win the League Leaders trophy and the Grand Final. We look forward to a second successful season under Michael in 2011.”
His exit had been an open secret, with the Rabbitohs and Brisbane initially suggested as destinations.
“He resigned at lunchtime but had kept me informed of his discussions for some time,” Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan said after the game.
“He made it clear he wished to take his family back to Australia and we rate him very highly.”