Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
The Leeds Rhinos are one of English Rugby League’s most successful clubs having won 11 league titles, eight of which have come during the Super League era.
When thinking of the club one’s mind may instantly be reminded of their period of dominance between 2007 and 2009 where they won three league titles in a row and boasted players such as Rob Burrow, Kevin Sinfield and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
Leeds simply dominated the late 2000s and remained one of Super League’s top sides for the majority of the 2010s, being crowned champions for the last time in 2017.
Unfortunately, the Rhinos are a far cry from what they once were as they have missed the finals twice and have only finished as high as fifth since their Grand Final win nearly five years ago.
If things weren’t bad enough it seems 2022 is the year that Leeds has finally hit rock bottom as after seven rounds they sit tied last on the Super League table with the newly promoted Toulouse, having won just one game all season.
Head coach Richard Agar recently parted ways with the club and Jamie Jones-Buchanan has stepped up in an interim capacity until a new coach is found.
Leeds’ Chief Executive Officer Gary Hetherington is currently in Australia and on the hunt to find his club’s next coach.
Channel Nine’s The Mole is reporting that he may have found his man and is even willing to bring him to Leeds in a package deal with a player.
“The hottest rumour around the NRL late last week was that the Tigers were poised to sack coach Michael Maguire – and replace him with former Sharks coach Shane Flanagan,” said The Mole.
“I’m hearing that is unlikely to happen, but there is a club in the hunt for Flanagan and son Kyle in a package deal – English Super League outfit Leeds.”
— The Mole (@9_Moley) April 4, 2022
Shane Flanagan has recently rejoined the Dragons as an assistant coach and is continuing to work as a pundit on Fox League’s programming which may make it hard for Hetherington to convince the 2016 NRL premiership-winning coach to make the move over to Leeds.
Kyle Flanagan on the other hand is currently stuck in reserve grade at the Bulldogs and could use this move to revitalise his career.
The Mole is also reporting that Parramatta’s Knock-On Effect NSW Cup coach Ryan Carr is another candidate for the role.