Rugby Football League director of rugby Kevin Sinfield says Wayne Bennett’s future as England coach will only be decided after the Great Britain Lions tour.
Bennett’s contract as Great Britain and England coach expires at the end of this autumn’s tour of the southern hemisphere.
The Lions tour comes to a close after Saturday’s test against Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby, and that’s when Bennett will hold negotiations with the RFL over an extended contract.
Sinfield told the BBC Radio 5 Live Rugby League podcast: “I think we wait until the end of the series [to decide].
“That dialogue has started and been ongoing for some time.
“What’s important is, Wayne is here as Great Britain head coach, but we should really take into account his performances as England head coach when we decide what happens over the next couple of years.
“He got us to a World Cup final, we won the test series last year against the Kiwis, and although there is disappointment this time with GB, it’s important to understand the changes and the transition that has happened.”