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Tuesday, June 15, 1999 Published at 09:15 GMT 10:15 UK

Sport: Rugby League

Monie leaves Wigan

Wigan have struggled this season

Wigan have parted company with coach John Monie.

The BBC's David Croft: "It seems clear that he will be going"
Andy Goodway will take over from Monie after the Australian failed to reach agreement with Chairman Peter Norbury over his future at the club.

"It was clearly a very difficult decision to make, but frankly, in relation to the coaching it made no sense to delay the appointment of Andy Goodway," said Norbury.

"I can understand why John felt that he did not want to take up a non-coaching role at this stage of his career.

"John Monie will always be remembered for his great contribution to Wigan in his two successful spells as coach. He has been a fine ambassador for Wigan and the game of Rugby League and can be proud of his achievements."

Monie is contracted to the end of the season and has stated his intention to sign a new contract with the club.

Monie steered Wigan to the League and Cup double four times in his first spell with the club and enjoyed instant success on his return when he took them to Wembley and Grand Final glory last October.

But defeat in this year's Challenge Cup and five defeats from their 15 League matches have ruined the Central Park side's season.

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