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globalrugbyleague - Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:36:00 GMT

Former St Helens coach Daniel Anderson could be coaching in the NRL again shortly following the shock resignation of Eels coach Micheal Hagan.

Anderson - who coached premier league before becoming an assistant to Brian Smith - took the New Zealand Warriors to their first ever NRL Grand Final in 2002.

Leaving the NRL two years later, his services were quickly secured in the English Super League by St Helens.

There Anderson went onto to win the English Challenge Cup for three consecutive seasons on top of a victory in the World Club Challenge along with a Super League premiership in 2006.

Other names considered by the media as contenders for the role include Sharks assistant coach Shane Flanagan and Matt Cameron yet Anderson rightfully would have to be considered the front runner.

According to a Fox Sports poll, 50.48% of voters think Anderson should get the gig while a mysterious person named Steve Flanagan recieved 2.28% of votes, easily conceding ground to Matt Elliot, Steve Folkes, David Fairleigh and Graham Murray.

Hagan - who had a year left to run on his contract - said his decision was motivated by a number of key factors.

“My family and my health have to be my number one priority at this point in time,” Hagan said.
“My daughters are in their final years of high school in Newcastle and the constant travel was taking its toll. I’ve also got a number of issues related to my health that I need to get sorted out.
“After much thought and lengthy discussion with those closest to me I decided that it would be best to go now, prior to the start of pre-season training.”
Eels Chief Executive Officer Denis Fitzgerald said while he was disappointed, he understands Hagan’s decision.
“It’s come as a surprise to the club but we understand the reasoning behind the decision,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.
“We are all sympathetic to Michael’s situation in regard to his family commitments and also his health and we certainly wish him all the best for the future.”
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