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ELLERY HANLEY Ellery Hanley MBE (born 27 March 1961 in Leeds) is an English former rugby league player and coach. As a player he played most of his games at stand-off and loose forward. Over a period of nineteen years, he played for Bradford Northern, Wigan, Balmain, Western Suburbs and Leeds.  is lined up to succeed Shaun McRae Shaun McRae is the head coach of the Salford City Reds.

Shaun McRae, nicknamed 'Bomber', was born in 1959 and began his rugby league coaching career as Head Coach with St Helens (1996-1998) in the British Super League, where he won the Challenge Cup in 1996 and in 1997, and
 as St Helens St Helens may refer to:

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  • St Helens, Merseyside, England
  • St Helens RFC, rugby league club
  • St Helens Town F.C.
 boss.

Saints officials have held secret talks in this country with the ex- Great Britain Great Britain, officially United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, constitutional monarchy (2005 est. pop. 60,441,000), 94,226 sq mi (244,044 sq km), on the British Isles, off W Europe. The country is often referred to simply as Britain.  skipper and coach who has retired as a player with Australian club Balmain Tigers. Rugby League legend Hanley would be a massive coup for Saints who recently failed in a bold bid to entice highly rated John Kear from Sheffield Eagles.

The 37-year-old ex-Bradford, Wigan Wigan (wĭg`ən), city (1991 pop. 88,725) and metropolitan district, N England, located in the Manchester metropolitan area on the Douglas River.  and Leeds star coached Great Britain in the 1994 Test series against Australia after making 36 appearances for his country.

Hanley has never enjoyed a smooth relationship with the media but that won't deter Saints who believe he could be the perfect choice to lead the Knowsley Road outfit back to the top.

St Helens chairman Tom Ellard last night, refused to confirm or deny talks had taken place at a motorway services on the M62, but said: "We are exploring every avenue to find the best man to replace Shaun when he leaves at the end of the season.

"Our options include looking to Australia and we are prepared to fly across the world to land the right candidate."

Hanley scored 428 tries in a brilliant career, picked up the prestigious Man of Steel award three times and received the MBE MBE (in Britain) Member of the Order of the British Empire

MBE n abbr (BRIT) (= Member of the Order of the British Empire) → título ceremonial

MBE n abbr (Brit) (=
 in 1990 for services to the game.

His 63 try tally for Wigan four years ago was the best since Huddersfield's Lionel Cooper in 1955.

Hanley lead Great Britain to a famous 8-4 victory in the first Test against Australia at Wembley in 1994 before the Kangaroos rallied to win the series 2-1.

Hanley quit as Great Britain boss in May 1995 with Phil Larder taking over before former Wigan star Andy Goodway was appointed to the top job last September.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Burke, David A.
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 14, 1998
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