Shaun Edwards has been at the centre of attention for a number of weeks now.
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:
Time for Shaun Edwards to show what kind of a man he is. Motivated by morals and loyalty and honour his agreement with Wigan, or a mercenary who just follows the cash…#RugbyLeague #Rugby #Wasps #WiganWarriors https://t.co/tGvYEHDhZ6
— Craig (@craigjohnson28) March 24, 2019
Loyalty honor nah not Shaun he can stay in kick and clap for me.
— Chris Stables (@ChrisStables) March 25, 2019
He's a disgrace for what he's doing to his, hometown club.
— David Briscoe (@dXbriscoe) March 24, 2019
Could well be better for @WiganWarriorsRL if they forget all about Shaun Edwards who seems unable to distinguish truth from fishing for a better deal. As ever, Edwards will look after Shaun first and last
— a Goldthorpe (@theGoldthorpes) March 24, 2019
Always thought a lot about Shaun Edwards.Obviously a gentleman's agreement means nothing to him.He has gone down in my estimation.
— Spencer Grundy (@sgrundyspen) March 24, 2019
It appears that when Edwards accepts an offer it's also hypothetical. He just keeps digging, doesn't he? No wonder he's respectful of IL, given how magnanimous the chairman has been in response for such ongoing slimy, rodent-like behaviour. We're well rid of Shaun Edwards.
— Paul Finch (@paulfinchauthor) March 24, 2019
Sorry Shaun. You aren’t welcome anymore , you have disrespected my club for your own gains . Chris Chester please mr lenegan
— stu (@wiganstu) March 24, 2019
Edwards has tarnished his reputation.not a Wigan fan but wouldn't want him near my club.maybe the job was too big for him.
— Gareth maw (@gazmaw1) March 24, 2019
Time for Wigan to put this whole Shaun Edwards saga to bed and tell him to get fucked. If he’s not committed I don’t want him in charge.
— Michael Lavelle (@mikelavelle93) March 24, 2019
There's no way back for him. Either he was committed, in which case he'd just sign for us and not play all these games in the press, or he's not committed, in which case he isn't wanted. He's an egotist and it seems our chairman is a fool. Wigan should start over
— Wigan Warriors Fans (@wiganrugbyfans) March 24, 2019
Wigan need to cop abit of criticism but personally I think Edwards has played a game to purely up his price in RU by basically threatening to return to RU. Its a terrible way to treat the club that made him and as a saints fan it pisses me off to see him treat league this way
— Peter Baynes (@Baynesi83) March 25, 2019
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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