“I have to respect and accept this”, says Lenagan, after Edwards completes u-turn

Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan admits he must “accept and respect” Shaun Edwards’ decision to ‘opt-out’ of taking on the role as the club’s head coach in 2020.

In a statement issued this morning, Edwards cites his belief that he is not experienced enough to lead the club as the primary factor behind his decision to instead explore other opportunities.

Lenagan says the club will now take steps to confirm the coaching structure for 2020.

He said: “I have been conversing with Shaun for a number of weeks since the completion of the Six Nations and, yesterday, Shaun revealed to me that he thought a combination of circumstances meant he would be under-prepared to take on the Wigan Head Coach job in November 2019.

“He clearly feels that he is not the best man to take the team forward currently and I have to respect and accept this.

“Like every Wiganer, I wanted Shaun to lead the team and this very honest admission has taken me by surprise.

“I have always admired Shaun and I wish him well with whatever he does next.

“For us now our next steps are to confirm the coaching structure for 2020 and beyond and draw a line under the last few months and give our loyal fans the clarity they deserve.”

Lenagan closed by thanking the Wigan supporters for their patience during a difficult period.

“I’d like to thank our supporters for their patience and understanding in what has proven to be a very difficult situation to navigate and now we can concentrate on building more strong foundations to drive this wonderful club forward.

“We will announce our plans in due course.”

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