Lowes' stay of execution saves bookies
William Hill, official Super League bookmakers, were breathing a sigh of relief on Thursday after Warrington announced that James Lowes was retaining his position as first team coach – for the time being at least.
Hill’s spokesman Tim Pakyurek said: "There was a flurry of relatively large bets for Lowes to depart on Wednesday evening, but the individuals behind the gamble clearly weren't as well informed as they believed."
Lowes has been joined at Warrington by England coach Tony Smith and we've reacted by cutting the Wolves to 16/1 to win the Super League Grand Final.
We're also offering 7/1 that Warrington win any major trophy in 2009.
Warrington are 7/4 to break their eight match losing sequence against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday, and 25/1 to win none of their next four matches.
7/4 Leeds Rhinos (h)
7/4 Harlequins RL (a)
3/1 Hull KR (h)
6/1 Celtic Crusaders (h)
25/1 Lose next four matches
Nobby sack race favourite – again
After James Lowes held on to his job at Warrington – at least temporarily – Brian Noble was reinstated as favourite to be the first Super League coach to leave his post this season by William Hill.
"Lowes can't consider himself out of the woods just yet, but what had looked a one horse race suddenly looks wide open" said our very own resident rugby expert Pakyurek.
3/1 Brian Noble
7/2 James Lowes
5/1 Shaun McRae
7/1 Steve McNamara
12/1 John Dixon
20/1 Richard Agar, John Kear, Terry Matterson, Brian McDermott, Kevin Walters
33/1 Justin Morgan
40/1 Nathan Brown, Mick Potter
50/1 Brian McClennan
7/1 No coach to depart