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Richie Myler reveals the man in ‘pole position’ is the head coach of Hull FC

Hull FC have been without a head coach since Tony Smith left the role in April. Several high-profile names have been linked to the position, but FC are yet to name a full-time successor to Smith.

Hull FC were close to an agreement to sign Salford Red Devils boss Paul Rowley. However, Rowley turned down the opportunity to move to Humberside. Names like Brian McDermott, Lee Briers and Adrian Lam have been linked. But from the outside, the Black and Whites appear no closer to appointing a new head coach.

Now Richie Myler has revealed during a press conference that one candidate is in pole position for the role. Myler has stated that someone within the club may be in line to take on the role.

Hull FC could be looking close to home

Simon Grix joined Hull FC in the winter following a successful spell as head coach of Halifax Panthers. After Smith’s departure, he was appointed interim coach. In 2021, Grix guided the Panthers to the Championship play-offs, losing to Featherstone Rovers in the semi-finals.

Grix has yet to win a match when in charge of FC. However, performance has improved significantly during his tenure. He was supported with several mid-season signings. Hull FC play the London Broncos this weekend and Grix will be hoping to secure their first win in charge.

Now Director of Rugby Myler has revealed that Grix is ​​in pole position to take on the role of head coach full-time.

“Grixy is in pole position for it in the sense that he does his job every day and the guys respond really well to him,” Myler said.

“Performance has improved after several 50-point defeats. In recent weeks you can see that they have responded well to him.”

Myler won’t make a hasty decision

Myler wants to take his time to make sure he makes the right decision. He explained that any external candidates must be an improvement over Grix. Myler believes Grix works well with the players, and this gives him the time he needs to make the right choice.

“Ultimately the question will be: is anyone going to add to what we have, is anyone going to give us that little bit extra that we need? If that person is out there, maybe we can go that route. However, at this point we have had countless conversations with numerous coaches, including Simon himself.

“He does a fantastic job behind the scenes, and he works very hard at it. He sees himself as a head coach.

“There are many options, and as a club of Hull FC’s stature we will always have them, but Grixy is certainly a candidate.

“He will be a future head coach. He has done a great job at Halifax and he has ambitions to become a head coach, but whether that is at Hull or not, time will tell. There will be no hasty decision on my part.”