Radford tipped to succeed Gentle
Hull are set to follow the trend by adopting an all-English coaching team following the departure of Australian Peter Gentle.
The 47-year-old Gentle, recruited from Wests Tigers two years ago to succeed Richard Agar, parted company with immediate effect on Tuesday, just five days after the club's humiliating 76-18 Super League play-off defeat at Huddersfield.
Although Gentle guided the Black and Whites to the Challenge Cup final at Wembley last month, they hugely under-performed on the day, losing 16-0 to Wigan, and their 13-try hammering by the Giants was the final straw for owner Adam Pearson, who immediately promised a root-and-branch review of football operations.
It was no surprise that the outcome of the review was the exit of Gentle, who had two years left on his contract but appears to have been on borrowed time for much of the season.
Pearson said: "The club would like to place on record their gratitude to Peter for his efforts, hard work and dedication, helping to progress the club on the field in his two seasons in charge."
In a statement, Gentle said: "In the past 24 months, the club has made significant strides in performance, training facilities, recruitment and player development at all levels, making the top six in each campaign, and reaching the Challenge Cup final at Wembley this season.
"Injuries, including long-term absences, have hampered our plans on the field, especially in the cup final and the final play-off match this season.
"An outstanding memory will be the passionate support of the faithful fans for myself and my family, who have been made so welcome, and we wish the club all the best for the future."
Hull are set to appoint a successor in the next 24 hours with Gentle's assistant Lee Radford widely expected to get the job and, at 34, become the youngest head coach in Super League.
He will also become the ninth English head coach in the 14-team Super League, with only Hull KR, London Broncos, St Helens and Warrington having Australians in charge.
French club Catalan Dragons also have a "home-grown" coach in Laurent Frayssinous and Pearson will have taken note that of the four clubs involved in this week's play-off semi-finals, three are coached by Englishmen.
It is a far cry from 2000 when the sacking of John Kear at Huddersfield, which paved the way for the appointment of Australian Tony Smith, meant that every club in Super League had an overseas coach in charge.
Radford, who joined his hometown club in 1997 and returned for a second spell in 2006 after a successful eight-year stint at Bradford, hung up his boots two years ago to take up a three-year contract as assistant coach, although he was twice agreed to come out of retirement to answer the club's injury crisis.
Long-serving academy coach Andy Last looks likely to be promoted to become Radford's assistant and another former player, Paul Cooke, the newly-appointed head coach of Doncaster, is also expected to play a role in the re-organisation, with Hull set to announce a partnership with the Championship club.