Taking the hotseat: Wigan players to have coached in Super League

As the Warriors prepare to take on Chris Chester’s Wakefield Trinity, Niall Concannon takes a look at other ex-Wigan players to coach in Super League

Thursday, 11th April 2019, 2:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th April 2019, 2:29 pm
Adrian Lam

From the first season in 1996 to the present day, how many do you remember?

Goodway played for Wigan between 1985 and 1992, and coached Wigan, Oldham and Paris Saint-Germain
Betts helped Wigan win two World Club Challenges and appointed as head coach at Widnes Vikings in 2012 until 2018.

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West signed for Wigan from Hawera in 1982 , and after his playing career took over from John Dorahy as coach in 1994. He led Wigan in the 1996 Super League
Furner played for Wigan for two years, winning the Challenge Cup during his time. He is now Leeds Rhinos head coach.
A player for Wigan between 1979 and 1984, Pendlebury coached Halifax in 1997 and 98.
The Wigan born Scrum-half played 182 times for Wigan during 1986 and 1992. He also coached Salford Red Devils .
Smith scored 49 tries in 85 appearances for Wigan, and coached Wakefield between 2005 and 2006.
Lam played for Wigan 119 times, scoring 192 points. He is coach at Wigan, his first head coach job at club level.
Kiwi Dean Bell played 253 times for Wigan between 1986 and 1994. He coached Leeds in the 1996 and 97 seasons.
Chester played 45 times for Wigan between 1999 and 2001 and coached Hull KR, leading them to a Challenge Cup Final in 2015, and is now at Wakefield Trinity.
Hanley played for Wigan between 1985 and 1990. He went on to coach St Helens in 1999, winning the Grand Final.
Wane played for Wigan for just under a decade and 2011 he was appointed head coach, and left last season as one of the Warriors most decorated coaches.
Yep. He sure did! Gary Hetherington played one game for Wigan, against St Helens on December 27, 1976. He also coached Sheffield in the first Super League season