Centurions Chairman Keith Freer has confirmed that Paul Rowley has been appointed first team coach for the club.
The appointment reflects the significant work that has been undertaken by Paul and the existing coaching staff in the development of the squad and the recent performances.
Because of the delay in appointing the general manager due to problems with the UK Border Agency, the club feels that it would be in the interests of the first team that this appointment be made now to alleviate any uncertainty.
The appointment of the general manager will still proceed as originally planned once the visa application has been processed.
Paul, who has signed a two year contract, has worked tirelessly over the past few months in developing the first team squad and the appointment enables them to move forward with certainty.
The new general manager fully endorses the decision that has been made and recognises it is in the interests of the club and of the team.
The general manager is anxious to arrive and to start work in developing the Club and working with Trevor Barton MBE and John Roddy and Phil Coffey in promoting and developing the business to support the first team.
Mr Freer said: “If performance on the field can now be matched by performance off the field then the future for Centurions is considerably brighter.
“The current environment at the Club is one of optimism enthused by the team’s performances and the considerable support from LISA, the Lottery, and the Touchdown Club.
“The willingness of fans to get behind the Club and purchase season tickets and merchandising has been tremendous.
“If we can build on this foundation I am very confident that the Club will start to turn a corner.
“The emphasis now is to grow the fan base and ensure that attendances are as high as possible.
The relationship between the Centurions and Leigh Sports Village has improved immensely and Leigh Sports Village and Wigan Council are delighted with the progress we have made so far.
“I sincerely welcome Paul as first team coach and congratulations must go to him and the backroom staff, Neil, Gary, Frank, Nathan, the physios Katy, Lee and Christine.
“I think we can all look forward to the first game against Barrow with the aim to retain the Northern Rail Cup.”