Wigan have confirmed that Shaun Edwards will not take up the position as the club’s head coach next year.
Edwards initially agreed to take on the role in August 2018, but has now confirmed his intentions to explore other opportunities.
He is understood to be close to agreeing a deal to remain with Wales rugby union.
Edwards said: “After much thought and deliberation, I wish to clarify my situation.
“I will not be taking up the Head Coaching role at Wigan, the reason being my lack of preparation. World Cup preparations have been brought forward a month and, as a result, I will be unable to spend eight weeks in Australia as planned on rugby league.
“I feel Wigan need a more experienced rugby league Head Coach than myself, to give the club and the people of Wigan the best team possible.
“The Wigan deal I recently received is very favourable to all other offers I have had so far.
“For me, this is not about money, this is about Wigan Warriors getting the best man for the job which, at the moment, I feel is not me.”