The RFL announced that they WILL NOT be renewing Steve McNamara’s contract as England head coach.
McNamara has been the England Coach since 2010 and his most recent contract expired at the end of last year following the New Zealand Test Series.
RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood, said: “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 McNamara 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.”
The news paves the way for Wayne Bennett to become the new head coach after reports surfaced over the weekend that he had been contacted about the position.