Wigan in no rush to appoint Shaun Wane replacement, says Ian Lenagan

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan says the club will not rush into an appointment for a new coach following the departure of Shaun Wane.

On Monday, the Warriors announced the resignation of Shaun Wane as head coach to take effect at the end of the 2018 season.

Wane is Wigan’s longest-serving coach of the Super League era and the fifth longest-serving Wigan coach of all time, having been in his role since 2012.

Lenagan says the club will not rush into an appointment for Wane’s successor but has thanked Wane for his efforts during his time at the club.

He said: “In terms of a replacement, Wigan will not rush into an appointment as Shaun goes on to complete his final season.

‘’Shaun Wane will leave Wigan Rugby League Club in the knowledge that his place in Wigan’s history is guaranteed. I feel certain that his decision to leave will have been a difficult one, but he is a winner who wants to advance his career and challenge himself further on a different stage, having won everything with Wigan.

“He has developed from being a tough and uncompromising Rugby League prop in his playing days to become an equally tough and uncompromising Head Coach but with exceptional technical, tactical and player-motivational skills and a fearsome winning mentality.

“He has provided Wigan Rugby League Club with some memorable moments in the past six years and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey that we have been on together. I have immense respect and admiration for Shaun as a Coach and would be delighted to see him sign off his 7th year as Wigan head coach with yet more trophies.

“I feel sure the Wigan fans will join me in ensuring that Shaun gets the appropriate send-off that he so richly deserves.”

Wigan are still in contention to win the Challenge Cup, League Leaders Shield and Super League Grand Final this season.

The Warriors sit second in the Super League table, two points behind St Helens, but with a game in hand. They are in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup, too.

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