WIGAN chairman Ian Lenagan has admitted the impact Nathan Brown has made at the Giants was a factor in his club reverting to an overseas coach.
The Warriors named 35-year-old Melbourne Storm assistant Michael Maguire as the successor to former Great Britain boss Brian Noble on a three-year contract.
Noble’s three-and-a-half reign at the DW Stadium came to an end following their latest final near-miss – Saturday’s Super League play-off semi-final defeat by St Helens – and he is expected to join Celtic Crusaders in the next few days.
Lenagan revealed that had the Warriors won the Challenge Cup at Wembley, Noble would have "probably" been handed a 12-month extension to his contract but he insists the club now needed to turn to an overseas coach.
New Zealand national coach Stephen Kearney, who is also on the backroom staff at Melbourne, was thought to be the original target for Lenagan, who was won over by Australian coaching methods during a visit down under earlier this year.
Lenagan says he was also impressed by the impact made in his first season at Huddersfield by former St George coach Brown, who was this week named Super League coach of the year.
"It’s the excellence of all their systems - the procedures, discipline and standards but in particular their technology," he said. "They particularly impressed me with some of their monitoring systems.
"We need to kick on. Some of the Super League clubs are ahead of us, you only have to look at what Nathan Brown has done at Huddersfield.
"I long for their technical excellence in rugby league and Michael embodies the intellectual approach to coaching that I think only Australia at the moment can bring.
"I hate to say that but, if it means we have to import some coaching ability to help our players, we will."