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Monday, 14 May, 2001, 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK
Wigan sack Endacott
Wigan RL team shot
Wigan have not lived up to high expectations this year
Wigan have terminated the contract of coach Frank Endacott.

Endacott was asked to leave on Monday morning after a meeting with club chairman Maurice Lindsay.

Endacott said he was disappointed to be leaving such a famous club but admitted he was baffled by the recent poor results which led to his exit.

"I am sure that the players will be disappointed with their performances and I hope they manage to put things right," he said.

"I leave the club on good terms and I wish them well. On the whole, I have enjoyed my time at Wigan and made many friends."

Lindsay admitted Endacott had not done a bad job at Wigan, who reached the Grand Final last year and still have a fighting chance this year.

"However, some of our performances have caused concern and there appears to be a lack of confidence in the side," said Lindsay.

Castleford's Stuart Raper
Raper has been linked with the Wigan top job
"It was felt that Frank could do no more to bring out the best in the players.

"The club, having talked things through with Frank, have decided to seek a new coach in the hope that he can bring more out of the side."

Lindsay gave no indication whether a successor has been lined up.

But, as BBC Sport's Dave Woods reported here on Sunday, Castleford coach Stuart Raper is being linked with a move to the JJB stadium.

Lindsay added: "Frank and myself parted on friendly terms and it is never easy to ask a coach to step down.

"Frank can also leave with his head high as the club is in a much better state than when he joined it after a dismal season in 1999."

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