After working hard to find the right candidate, the Newcastle Knights have found their new coach, with former St George Illawarra head coach Nathan Brown the man for the job in the eyes of the club.
Just recently, the Knights opted to release Rick Stone as coach and had Danny Buderus take over in an interim capacity whilst on the hunt for a new coach.
Brown, who left the Dragons as head coach back in 2008, then moved to the Super League to coach both St Helens and the Huddersfield Giants, enjoying some success.
Brian McGuigan, the Knights Chairman, basically confirmed that Brown will be the club’s new coach on radio.
“He will be our coach for the future and he has great credentials,” McGuigan said.
“He led St Helens to one or two premierships whilst he was in the United Kingdom which has added to the complexity of his experience, but more particularly he really loves Newcastle.
“We have to make sure that we do our best as a board to put together a winning team. He promised me a premiership within a couple of years, so that’s all I can ask.”
With the club’s sub-committee passing on their recommendation to the board that Nathan Brown should be the new coach of the club, they have approved it and Nathan Brown is now appointed as the Knights coach.
“The Sub-Committee went through a thorough process and Nathan was the preferred candidate for a number of reasons,â€ CEO Matt Gidley explained.
â€œWe were impressed with Nathanâ€™s coaching experience and proven ability to develop talent and teams in the NRL and Super League.
â€œNathanâ€™s technical expertise is strong and he has an understanding of Newcastle and the competitive advantages that lie in our region.”
His experiences in England have helped him understand the game better and taught him new ideas and philosophies that he plans to implement into the Knights system.
â€œAfter coaching for six years in England, which was about gaining experience to come back and get a job in the NRL, I am really excited about the opportunity to coach such a great Club,â€ Brown said.
â€œThe Board members are all successful and enthusiastic about the Club doing well, and that gives the rest of the business the best chance of succeeding.â€
With the rebuilding phase well and truly under way, Brown looks forward to the challenge.
â€œThe people in charge know where the Club is at, and know where they want it to be,â€ Brown added.
â€œNo doubt it is going to be a challenge, and it is one that I am quite experienced at in regards to rebuilding a Club. That makes this the ideal time.â€