HUDDERSFIELD Giants travel to Salford tonight with the search for a new head coach already under way.

Yesterday’s sacking of Paul Anderson following the untimely death of 17-year-old rising Giants Academy star Ronan Costello on Tuesday, after suffering an injury in last Saturday’s Under 19s fixture against Salford, has diverted all the attention away from Huddersfield’s visit to the AJ Bell Stadium.

Vastly-experienced Giants Head of Youth Performance Andy Kelly, the current England Academy coach and former Wakefield Super League boss, is in temporary charge tonight as his second-bottom club looks to avoid a defeat that would confirm their participation in this season’s Middle 8s and the scrap to avoid relegation from Super League.

It was Anderson’s failure to keep his squad at the top end of the Super League table that has ultimately cost him his job.

But with the undoubted quality of that squad – when fully fit – there’s expected to be no shortage of coaches eager to take over at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The names immediately being thrown into the hat are former England coach and ex-Giants captain Steve McNamara, the current Sydney Roosters assistant, former Giants prop Richard Marshall at Halifax, Dewsbury Rams chief Glenn Morrison and Ivan Cleary, who’s looking for a way back into coaching after spells in charge at Australian NRL clubs Penrith Panthers and New Zealand Warriors and almost joined the Giants as a player a decade ago.

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If Huddersfield are looking even closer to home, they may be keeping a keen eye on Kelly – he is, however, due to take the England Academy on tour to Australia at the beginning of July – or promoting Under 19s head coach and first-team assistant coach Chris Thorman, particularly as fellow Giants No2 Kieron Purtill has departed at the same time as Anderson.

Alternatively, current assistant coaches of rival Super League clubs may be of interest, with Widnes No2 and former Giants captain Brett Hodgson a possibility.