Former Halifax Boss Richard Marshall (5/1) heads the betting to be appointed as the next permanent Leeds Rhinos’ Head Coach following the sacking of David Furner on Tuesday morning
Marshall was released by Halifax in April, but is considered one of the best young coaches in the British game, having lead the Betfred Championship side to a top four finish in both 2017 & 2018 despite working with limited resources – finishing his tenure with a 53% win percentage.
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The Rhinos are in the hunt for a new Coach having parted with company with Furner, who had lead the 2017 Betfred Super League Champions to just 4 wins in 14 games since taking over this season.
Marshall is joined at the shortest price in the book by current Interim Coach Richard Agar (5/1), who has stepped into the role having been Assistant to Furner this season. Agar has plenty of experience of being in a top job in the top flight, having coached Hull FC and Wakefield between 2008 & 2014.
Given the high demand for success from the Leeds Rhinos Board and supporters alike, there are some who may feel like a return to the code for former Wigan Warriors’ boss Shaun Wane (5/1) could be on the cards. If the club opt to go for someone with a proven track record of winning trophies, rather than a younger, more unproven option, he’s a great fit.
There are also a number of current Betfred Super League coaches in the top to mid-end of the market. Castleford Tigers’ boss Daryl Powell (8/1) has won plenty of plaudits during his time at The Jungle, whilst former Leeds player Danny Ward (10/1) has been a revelation for London Broncos, leading them to a surprise promotion in 2018.
The pick of the overseas interest in the job comes in the form of former Cronulla Sharks’ man Shane Flanagan (8/1), who won the NRL with the Sutherland club in 2016, whilst former Wakefield forward Jason Demetriou could represent value at 12/1.
With Kevin Sinfield now in the Director of Rugby role at the club, there are some suggesting that he may bring in a face he trusts, with co-treble winner Jamie Peacock (12/1) and Rob Burrow (25/1) also featuring in the book at longer odds. Sinfield is a 16/1 shot to take the role himself.
Despite Leeds struggles this year, the Headingley Job will always carry a proud reputation, and it is unlikely that Gary Hetherington will be short of applications to take over the role.