Anderson backing McNamara to stay as England coach

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has thrown his support behind England coach Steve McNamara, as the debate continues about whether he should be handed a new contract.

Anderson, a former teammate of McNamara’s at Bradford, believes that the structures the England boss is putting into place as well as their recent success against New Zealand means England are in a good place at the moment.

He also believes that with McNamara doing what he described as a “good job”, there’s no reason that shouldn’t continue.

“I think Steve’s doing a good job,” Anderson told the Huddersfield Examiner.

“And if you’re doing a good job, then you deserve to keep on doing it.

“He’s creating a very good environment with England and one where it doesn’t seem to matter where players play, they just appear to fit into the structure really well.

“We could obviously have this debate about who should be playing for England and who shouldn’t. After all, the game’s all about England.

“But rather than look to criticise Steve and the choices he’s made – which on this occasion have proved successful for England – we should be rejoicing in the fact that our national team has been successful on the international stag.

“That’s obviously the ultimate goal.”