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Nic Ladds 6th Mar 2009 - 1:22

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.

Warrington are now 25/1 to win the League Leader's Shield and 10/1 to win the Challenge Cup. The Wolves have been eased to 40/1 to finish bottom of the ladder.

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.

When will Warrington next win a match?

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

Tony Smith is 6/5 to leave Warrington before the end of the 2011 season and 4/6 to remain at the club in some capacity until then.

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.

First Super League coach to go

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

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