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St Helens denies coach bound for Sydney

29/08/2006 10:34:56 PM Comments (0)

English rugby league club St Helens says coach Daniel Anderson has not been approached by the Sydney Roosters to take over from Ricky Stuart, who lost his job at the weekend.

Despite speculation that Anderson heads the list of the Roosters' targets, St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus denied there had been any contact between Anderson and the NRL club.

"I've spoken to Daniel and he says there has been no approach," McManus told Tuesday's edition of Britain's The Guardian newspaper.

"We know nothing about it.

"He has got another year on his contract here."

Anderson guided St Helens to victory in the Challenge Cup final against Huddersfield on Saturday.

He took the New Zealand Warriors to their only NRL grand final appearance in 2002, when they lost to the Roosters.

Anderson was also in charge of New Zealand's national team before joining St Helens last year.

Stuart had been under growing pressure to retain his position as coach after the Roosters had won just eight of 23 games so far this season.

He and assistant Shane Flanagan will finish up at the club after the Roosters' clash with St George Illawarra at the SCG on Saturday night.

Flanagan believes the Roosters have coaching replacements in mind for Stuart, but isn't convinced Anderson is among them.

"I'm pretty close to Jim Banaghan, who is Daniel Anderson's manager and is over in England at the moment," Flanagan said.

"I went and watched the Challenge Cup final with him and he assured me the Roosters haven't had contact with him.

"Everyone keeps throwing his name up but it's definitely not him at this stage."

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