CRONULLA Sharks assistant coach Steve Price is being hotly tipped down under as Warrington Wolves new Head Coach – and is also the bookies favourite to replace Tony Smith.
But there has still been no official announcement form the Wolves after Chief Executive Karl Fitzpatrick recently returned from Australia, where he is believed to have interviewed four potential candidates.
Canberra Raiders assistant Dean Pay was one of those seen by Wolves chief executive Karl Fitzpatrick but the formr Australian international pack man has since been revealed as the new head coach of former club Canterbury Bulldogs, following the departure of Des Hasler.
With Gold Coast Titans also seeking a new head coach down under, it has caused an unexpected coach merry go round, which is believed to have delayed the Wolves being able to make an appointment following the departure of Tony Smith “by mutual consent.”
Mean while Price, who was head coach at St George Illawarra for just over two years before being sacked early in 2014, is the new bookies favourite at 7/4 on to get the Warrington job. One familiar face would be Warrington Wolves’ Prop Mike Cooper who played under Price at St George Illawarra.
Price has since been assistant to Shane Flanagan at Cronulla and is now favourite to be tasked with the Warrington job after a disastrous season which saw a team being tipped for all the top honours finishing in the Middle 8s fighting for their Super League survival.
As it was Smith steadied the ship winning his last 10 games in charge – leaving many fans wondering if the Wolves had been too hasty in parting company with their most successful and longest serving Head Coach in recent history.
But Smith admitted he had lost his appetite for the game and the time was right to go for both parties.