WIGAN boss Shaun Wane admits the recent sacking of Royce Simmons will drive him to be an even more successful Warriors head coach.
Wigan host Warrington tomorrow night in a game which many fans think may be a dress-rehearsal for a major final at the end of the year.
Both clubs are neck and neck with the bookies with regards to Wembley and Old Trafford odds, and Wane says the cut-throat nature of the competition will ramp up the tension heading into the big game at the DW.
“As a coach, and Iestyn Harris (assistant) feels the same, hearing about Royce motivates you to work harder and find every single detail of beating the opposing team,” Wane said.
“It motivates you to work harder and gets less sleep – and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I want to be at a club where the fans expect the best and people expect trophies. I wouldn’t want it any other way.”
Wane says all coaches have ‘a weird streak’ in them which thrives on the pressure-cooker working conditions and week-to-week uncertainty. “I think so – I’ve got it,” he added.
“I enjoy the pressure, working closely with Madge coming up to good teams and looking for the one per cents that will make you better to get the win.”
Despite Saints’ poor start to 2012, Wane admitted to being surprised by Simmons’ exit barely two months into the campaign.
He said: “I feel sorry for a bloke who’s out of work and 12,000 miles from home. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.
“I know things haven’t been going too well but, after seven games, I was quite surprised. Eamon (McManus) will have his reasons, that’s their business. It is sad. I know Royce and he’s a gentleman and a good coach, and they’re still a good team.”
Meanwhile, Wane has named his 19-man squad with only one change from last week, Jack Hughes returning for Matty Russell.
It’s expected Wane will name the same 17 that overcame London last week, with Lee Mossop still sidelined.
Wigan squad: S Tomkins, Charnley, Goulding, Carmont, Richards, Finch, Leuluai, Prescott, McIlorum, Hansen, Hock, O’Loughlin, Lima, Farrell, Tuson, Lauaki, Flower, Hughes, Spencer.
Warrington squad: Atkins, Blythe, Bridge, Briers, Cooper, Dwyer, Grix, Hill, Hodgson, McCarthy, J Monaghan, M Monaghan, Morley, Myler, Riley, Waterhouse, Westwood, Williams, Wood.