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Wigan fans have lost all respect for Shaun Edwards

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Wigan fans have lost all respect for Shaun Edwards

Shaun Edwards has been at the centre of attention for a number of weeks now.

Not only did he guide Wales to a Grand Slam based on his frugal and belligerent defence, but also quashed the belief that he would be returning to Wigan after the World Cup.

Many thought that Edwards would be returning to league after it was all but confirmed last year. However, that was only a verbal deal, which the 52-year-old has distanced himself from.

Since then, he has fired shots at incoming Wales coach Wayne Pivac for not wanting him, alluded to working with England, and has been in talks with former club Wasps.

This has been a strange and unprecedented series of events, which Wigan fans have not taken kindly to at all.

After the recent news emerged that Edwards had been approached by Wasps, and has distanced himself further from a return to league, Wigan fans have shown what they think of him on Twitter:

Edwards is a Wigan legend, playing over 400 games for the club, winning eight league titles, nine Challenge Cups, three World Club Challenges, as well as the Man of Steel award in in 1990. He was due to take the reins with the Cherry and Whites from interim boss Adrian Lam in 2020, after going to the World Cup with Wales. His return to league was seen as a landmark victory, and one which could have signalled a number of similar movements from union.

However, many fans have taken umbrage by the lack of respect he has shown to both Wigan and rugby league, believing that he has used his former club as a way to increase interest from teams in union.

An eagerly anticipated homecoming has now turned into a vehement disliking, in which almost no Wigan fans want him to join.

Edwards’ future is still unclear, and he has not necessarily ruled himself out of the Wigan job, but he has not covered himself in glory before his home club fans.

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Wigan fans have lost all respect for Shaun Edwards