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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 July, 2003, 08:47 GMT 09:47 UK
Wigan sack Raper
Stuart Raper
Where now for Raper and Wigan?
Stuart Raper has been sacked as Wigan coach and replaced by assistant coach Mike Gregory for the rest of the season.

Australian Raper was due to leave the club this term, but the Warriors' lack of success has prompted his premature departure.

"With Stuart leaving at the end of the season he would be working under difficult circumstances and it might not be in the best interest of the team or the club," said Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay.

"I know that Stuart would be dedicated but he is still not sure of his opportunities in Australia and he has admitted that he is looking home for his next job.

"Coaching Wigan is a very demanding occupation and Mike Gregory will now have that responsibility."

Although the performance against Widnes was a big disappointment, we might well have come to the same decision
Wigan chairman Maurice Lindsay

The Warriors were beaten 22-18 by Widnes on Saturday and are seven points behind Leeds in the Super League.

Lindsay denied the decision was a knee-jerk reaction to the Widnes defeat.

"Although the performance against Widnes was a big disappointment, we might well have come to the same decision in any circumstances.

"Stuart has worked hard during his stay with us and we are grateful for that and I know he wishes us well in the future."

Raper guided Wigan to the Super League Grand final in 2001 and masterminded their Challenge Cup final success in 2002.

Peter Sharp and Andrew Farrar are candidates to take over as permanent replacements, although Gregory has made it clear he would like to be considered for the role.

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