Super League: Tony Smith appointed new head coach of Hull FC | Rugby League News
Former Great Britain and England head coach Tony Smith was recently in charge of Hull FC’s long distance rivals Hull Kingston Rovers; He also enjoyed successful spells overseeing Betfred Super League sides Leeds Rhinos and Warrington Wolves
Last update: 09/09/22 6:05 p.m.
Tony Smith crosses Hull’s rugby league division after being appointed as the new head coach of Hull FC.
The 55-year-old was most recently in charge of Black and White’s long distance rivals Hull Kingston Rovers, leaving them in July after three years at the helm – after previously announcing he would be leaving the Robins at the end. of the 2022 Betfred Super League season.
But he will now swap the city’s east for the west after being announced as the new boss of Hull FC following the departure of Brett Hodgson on Monday, with the Australian leaving after a disappointing year that saw him finish ninth of the whiteboard. .
“It’s a great opportunity – one I didn’t expect so soon, but I’m very grateful and excited to get started,” said Smith, whose older brother Brian also played for Hull FC from 1988 to 1990.
“I understand the challenges ahead, but the overwhelming feeling for me right now is the excitement to restore some pride to the club and take us to greater heights.
“In the past I have had an association with the club through my family, and having lived in the city for some time, I have a good understanding of the size of the club and the passion it brings. there is for the club to succeed.
“I can’t wait to play a part in the great history of the club, and I hope we can create more good memories for the future. I can’t wait to get started.”
Smith’s time in charge at Hull KR saw him guide the club to within 80 minutes of a Super League Grand Final appearance in 2021, after taking over with them struggling to avoid relegation for two years previously. This season he also passed the milestone of 500 Super League games as head coach.
After playing for Workington Town for a short time in the inaugural Super League season in 1996, Smith made his competitive coaching debut with Huddersfield Giants in 2001 and moved to Leeds Rhinos three years later. .
His time at Headingley saw him guide the Rhinos to Grand Final triumphs in 2004 and 2007 as well as victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge, before moving on to the international stage taking charge of the teams from Great Britain and then England.
Smith also had a spell in charge of Warrington Wolves from 2009 to 2017, winning the Challenge Cup three times and guiding Wolves to three Grand Final appearances and winning the League Leaders’ Shield twice.
He will take up his duties at Hull FC on Monday ahead of pre-season training which begins in November and further additions to his coaching staff will be confirmed in due course.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony to the club, a manager of unquestionable caliber and experience with proven success in the Super League,” said Hull FC chairman Adam Pearson.
“We have identified areas that we feel need to improve within our first-team environment and we believe Tony is well placed to meet this challenge.
“We are confident he will compliment the hardworking and passionate people already at our club who are determined to bring Hull FC back to the position we believe it should be and to meet the standards expected by our supporters and stakeholders.
“Tony is delighted with the opportunity and the long-term vision we have for the club, we look forward to working with him.”