Shaun Wane tipped to replace Michael Maguire at Wigan

Michael Maguire
Michael Maguire will see out the rest of the season with Wigan Warriors

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan admits that assistant Shaun Wane is favourite to succeed Michael Maguire as coach when he leaves the DW Stadium in October.

But Lenagan has not ruled out Wane's old Wigan team-mate Shaun Edwards making a switch back to rugby league.

"Shaun Wane has to be favourite," Lenagan told BBC Radio Manchester. "But Shaun Edwards is someone everyone is impressed with."

Wane took charge last year when Maguire returned down under in mid-season.

The former Wigan and Great Britain forward Wane stepped into the breach last July when Maguire was on compassionate leave.

Wane took over while Maguire, who has just become a dad again himself, went back home following the death of his own father.

Wane ran the show smoothly as Wigan continued on their way to a first Grand Final triumph in 12 years.

And it is that sense of continuity which is important to Lenagan as he looks to replace Maguire, who revealed following Friday's 28-16 win over Hull KR that he will return to Australia to take over at South Sydney.

"We'll carry on exactly as before," said Lenagan. "We have a very good set-up in place at Wigan currently.

"Shaun Wane, who has to be favourite as far as the job is concerned, Kris Radlinski and Mark Bitcon are three senior men, who are very important to us going forward.

"We are very content with the way things are. We're disappointed that Michael is going.

"We wanted him for another year and ideally more than that but we wish him great fortune with Souths."

As for Wigan-born Edwards, 44, he has been head coach with Wasps for the past six years, doubling up as Warren Gatland's number two in the Wales international set-up.

But Edwards may not be as settled as he was after making the wrong sort of headlines after a post-match altercation while on Wales duty back in March.

And the one club that could prove attractive enough to bring him back north would be his hometown club Wigan, for whom he still has a great love.

"Shaun Edwards is someone that everyone is impressed with," admits Lenagan.

"He is a Wigan legend and you would be silly to say no about Shaun Edwards.

"But I've talked to Shaun Edwards a number of times before and Shaun has made it very clear that he wants to stay in London for family reasons."