Mac to focus on England
Steve McNamara will be giving his full attention to England ahead of the autumn's Four Nations down under.
Last Updated: 13/07/10 5:04pm
Steve McNamara will be giving his full attention to England ahead of the autumn's Four Nations down under after being released from his coaching duties with Bradford Bulls.
The former Great Britain forward had been combining both jobs since being appointed as successor to Tony Smith in April but Bradford agreed to release him from his contract with immediate effect.
The Bulls acted to stop the rot after slipping from fourth to 10th place in Engage Super League on the back of an eight-match losing run.
"There's a lot of work to do and I'm very excited that I now have the chance to channel all my energies into England," said McNamara, who enjoyed a resounding 60-6 win over France in his first match in charge last month.
"We have made solid progress over the last 12 months and will be looking to kick on as we prepare for the Four Nations."
Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood was happy with the decision.
"The progress England made during last year's Four Nations continued under Steve during the international against France and his presence as a full-time coach can only be beneficial as we look forward to the 2013 World Cup and beyond," said Wood.
As for the club he is leaving behind, McNamara added: "I'm a little bit sad to be leaving Bradford because the club has been such a big part of my life.
"I have some great memories from my time at the Bulls, both as a player and as a coach.
"A lot of good work has taken place over the last four years and I firmly believe that strong foundations are in place for the next coach to take the club forward."