McNamara leaves England coach role

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England head coach Steve McNamara has left the post, with the Rugby Football League announcing his contract will not be renewed.

McNamara’s deal expired at the end of last year, following England’s 2-1 series victory over New Zealand.

The 44-year-old Englishman was appointed in 2010 and combined the role with his job at Sydney Roosters, where he remains assistant coach.

Australian Wayne Bennett has been mooted as McNamara’s successor.

An RFL statement read: “The RFL has concluded that, with the 2016 Four Nations and 2017 World Cup on the horizon, now is the time to make any change to the England set-up.

“Steve McNamara has been the longest-serving national coach in our history and it is undoubtedly the case that the national team and set-up have moved on considerably under Steve’s leadership.

“We would like to place on record our thanks to Steve for his considerable efforts over the years to both the England senior team and the underlying programme. He leaves with our very best wishes and on a high, after a series win over New Zealand.”

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