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Last Updated: Tuesday, 4 April 2006, 04:06 GMT 05:06 UK
Hull approach Bulls over McNamara
Steve McNamara
McNamara in action playing for Huddersfield
Hull have made a formal approach to Bradford about taking Bulls' number two Steve McNamara to be their new coach.

Hull released Super League's oldest coach John Kear on Monday after a run of poor form, with assistant Richard Agar taking temporary charge.

If appointed, McNamara, who was born in Hull and began his career there, would be Super League's youngest coach at 34.

"There's been a approach and we are considering it," said Bradford chief executive Gareth Davies.

"We've spoken to Steve at length and made it very clear that we would like him to stay," Davies added.

"It's an ongoing process, and my expectation is that it will be a few days before we know one way or the other.

"I've always been a big fan of a succession policy - you think of Liverpool (Football Club) in the Seventies and Eighties - but that is nothing new in Bradford's strategy.

"Brian Noble was number three and assistant before he became head coach."

Hull chief executive David Plummer confirmed that McNamara was on their shortlist.

The club hope to have a new coach in place for the visit of Leeds Rhinos to the KC Stadium on Friday.

McNamara, a former Great Britain international, joined Hull from local amateurs Skirlaugh at the age of 17 and spent seven years at the club, before moving to the Bulls in 1996.

He also played for Wakefield and Huddersfield before joining the backroom staff at Odsal at the end of the 2003 season.

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