McManus explains decision to appoint Woolf

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has provided an insight into the process behind the appointment of Kristian Woolf as the club’s new head coach.

Saints announced this lunchtime that Woolf will succeed Justin Holbrook in the role from 1 November on an initial two-year contract.

The club say Woolf’s appointment follows an extensive search that included coaches from across the world at all levels of experience.

And McManus believes his new man in charge can build on the club’s recent success.

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He said: “We consider that Kristian is ideally qualified and placed to build upon the current success of the team and the club.

“He has the experience and expertise to bring the best out of our existing squad and to improve it further.

“We are very confident that the Saints will seriously compete for honours under his tenure and that we will continue to play attractive and exciting rugby league.”