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Giants job interest huge - Davy

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Paul Anderson is in caretaker charge at Huddersfield (Getty)

Huddersfield Giants chairman Ken Davy has said there has been a lot of interest in the club's vacant head coach job.

The Giants sacked Jon Sharp after five years in charge on Monday.

"Within an hour of the news Jon had left we had expressions of interest from several people from here and in Australia," Davy told BBC Radio Leeds.

"We shouldn't be amazed by the interest as we have a great infrastructure, squad and facilities."

Davy added: "That interest has continued over the last 36 hours."

Sharp's reign at the Galpharm Stadium came to an end after a run of just one win in seven Super League matches, the West Yorkshire club are now third from bottom of the table.

"It was an incredibly tough decision and one not taken lightly. It was a conversation with Jon I hoped we'd never have.

"We had to take a view on how the club could move forward more effectively. The club is bigger than any one man."

The Giants had a similar poor run last season but regrouped to claim a top-six place.

"Last year during our bad period we were only losing those matches by the odd point.

"That's a very different situation to us being nilled at Harlequins and Catalan Dragons this season.

Jon was an excellent coach but the challenge for someone coming in is that they needed to see the big picture

Ken Davy

"Our position in the table at the same time last year was significantly better than it is currently."

In his five years at the Galpharm Stadium, Sharp guided the Giants to the Challenge Cup final, in 2006, and their first ever top-six finish last season.

"Jon was an excellent coach but the challenge for someone coming in is that they need to see the big picture.

"They need to excel at man management in terms of getting the best from good players."

Meanwhile the French national rugby union team's defensive expert, Dave Ellis, has emerged as a surprise candidate.

The 51-year-old Yorkshireman told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner he would be keen to return to rugby league.

"Rugby union has been a constant for me for in recent years but I've certainly kept my hand in when it comes to league.

"I'm well qualified in terms of coaching certificates, I see a lot of matches, both in person and on television, and I'd certainly fancy coaching in the Super League.

"There's bags of potential at Huddersfield, they've come on in leaps and bounds during the Super League era and the challenge of taking them on further would be very appealing."

see also
Harrison keen on Huddersfield job
03 Jun 08 |  Huddersfield
Huddersfield boss Sharp is sacked
02 Jun 08 |  Huddersfield

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