Lindsay promises Noble full control

Last updated at 16:27 15 April 2006

Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay has promised Brian Noble a free rein if he accepts his offer to take over as coach of rugby league's fallen giants.

Lindsay hopes to tie up the Bradford and Great Britain boss this weekend and have him in place for next Saturday's visit to Huddersfield, if not their Easter Monday home game against Harlequins.

Speaking after his side's 48-10 Good Friday hammering at St Helens, their heaviest defeat of the season, Lindsay said: "We need to speak to him to see if he will accept the position.

"We will take a timetable from there. We are hopeful that things can be agreed. I have my fingers crossed that we can persuade him."

He added: "If Brian comes, he will be the complete boss; he will sign the players, he will train the players and he will pick the side."

Noble, fresh from Bradford's thrilling 20-18 victory at Leeds, will have gained a size of the task awaiting him if, as expected, he accepts the Wigan challenge.

St Helens piled on the agony for their arch-rivals Wigan with an eight-try rout in front of a full house at Knowsley Road to maintain their 100 per cent record and open up a four-point gap at the top of the table.

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