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MetiNews.Com - Both have endured many near misses but not as many trophy lifts.
Breaking News ! The Warrington Wolves hierarchy had a very important question to answer when identifying their next head coach. What did they want? Was it a return of an attractive, attack-orientated brand of rugby, or was it the elusive Grand Final success that has haunted them for the entire millennium? Daryl Powell's appointment suggests that they believe the two aren't mutually exclusive, even though the track record of both the coach and the club suggests otherwise. Read More Related Articles Warrington Wolves and Daryl Powell are the match made in heaven to take both to new level Read More Related Articles Castleford Tigers face further upheaval as Jon Wells departs to focus on Sky Sports position The paths and perils of both the entities are similar. The Wire have featured in four of the last nine Grand Finals, but are yet to land the big prize. As for Powell. In his 19 seasons as a rugby league coach he has reached seven finals. But he has only won one, the 2011 Championship Grand Final. Both have, all too often, proven to be the bridesmaid rather than the bride. It's unfair to judge Powell's credentials on silverware alone. With Leeds, the club went on an upward trajectory as they climbed the league and reached the Challenge Cup Final in 2003. A year after his departure, the decade of dominance began. He propelled Featherstone Rovers to the pinnacle of the sport outside of Super League and they have retained that status on the back of the foundations he laid. At Castleford, he steered a club that hadn't finished in the top six of Super League for 13 seasons to six consecutive top-six finishes. He took them to a first Challenge Cup Final in 22 years, their first-ever Grand Final and their maiden league leaders finish in the club's 95-year existence. Though major silverware has escaped them, it shouldn't be a burden on Powell's exploits during his nine-year reign. But there will be no hiding place once he arrives at Warrington. Powell will be judged on Super League success alone. Anything less than that will be considered a failure.
. You'd suspect his record in finals would have been a cause for concern. But Warrington's decision-makers clearly believe that they can provide him with the resource to convert near-misses into trophy lifts. It's true to say that Powell will have support at his disposal unlike ever before. He will be blessed with the biggest budget in the division, training facilities that far surpass those of Castleford's, more advanced equipment, internal support and everything else that comes with the club's wealth and infrastructure. With that, however, comes expectation unlike he has had in any of his previous roles. Few would question Powell's coaching credentials, both his peers and players who have learned from him gush at his talent. But now he faces his biggest challenge. It's hard to know who needs to win Super League the most; Warrington Wolves or Daryl Powell. The Wolves can't afford to get this one wrong. Steve Price's reign promised so much but has more recently delivered little. Fans have grown in frustration at the club's move away from 'attractive' rugby. In the process, they only have one trophy to their name in three years. Powell himself has, ultimately, no major silverware to back up his brilliant career. Now is his best opportunity ever to correct that and cement his legacy as one of the top coaches of his generation. Powell will bring back the offensive spark many believe Warrington have lacked in recent years. But whether he can deliver the silverware they crave isn't as clear.