Wigan Athletic have announced that Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane is to be the club’s new ‘Performance Director’ for the coming 2017/18 season.
A role similar to that undertaken by former England RFU Head Coach Sir Clive Woodward at Southampton, whereby Wane can bring his sporting expertise and winning mentality to the Latics, get performances to improve on the field of play and also nurture young local talent through the ranks and into the first team squad.
The move is sure to disappoint a few but Latics chairman David Sharpe explained that Wane would ”continue in his role as head coach for the Warriors, giving him dual responsibility” and he would be aided and abetted by Graham Barrow and John Doolan.
Speaking to Latics Official Sharpe said – ”It is a bold move for the club but in Shaun we have a proven winner and a Wiganer to boot, he is also a close friend of my granddad”
”Shaun will work with both the Warriors and ourselves making this an opportunity to bring the two clubs closer together.”
”There is also the possibility of a merger with the two becoming one entity to be known as the Wigan Sporting Football and Rugby Club, Ian Lenegan the Warriors owner is keen to get a deal done, but we’ll have to wait and see on that one.”
Shaun Wane commented – ”I’m delighted to be given the chance to try my hand at a new sport, we’ll see how it goes but I can’t wait to get started”
Wane is due to watch his new charges in today’s game at Newcastle, though he will be disappointed that the winning mentality is wearing a bit thin at the Warriors following their defeat to Leeds Rhinos on Friday making it three without a win.
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