What a come down!
Brown may also go back to being assistant coach to Wayne Bennett at St George Dragons, a club where he was once the head coach!
What a humiliation!
Either would be taking a job that involves a massive pay cut, and a massive loss of social status.
Can life in northern England, as head coach of a Super League club, be so dire? Is it just the English weather?
You never hear of coaches at Les Catalans Dragons complaining about life in the south of France. It is rather a falling out with the Chairman of the club, or in the case of Kevin Walters, a failure to perform, that causes coaches to leave Perpignan. All the Aussies speak highly of the southern France life style. In the case of London Broncos, Tony Rea left London because Ian Lenagan wanted a fresh face in the coaching job. Rea himself would have been happy to stay. London is alluring for travelling Australians. The young ones seem to shack up there for years.
However in the northern England clubs it is usually the Aussie coach wanting to leave after two or three seasons, not the club wanting to unload him. The notable exceptions to the Aussie "here for the short term" rule are the still very young Justin Morgan, the uncouth Ian Millward, and the "failed already in the NRL" Shaun McRae. Tony Smith would appear to like the north of England, and he has even become a British citizen. But he just can't seem to hack any particular northern town or city. Note how he has gone from Huddersfield, to Leeds, to Warrington. He can't find roots in one place!
Wigan cannot count on the talented Mr McGuire being there beyond November 2012. With Perth and perhaps Central Coast due to enter the NRL in 2013, McGuire will be in demand and will likely take a plum job in the NRL.
The same applies to Hull KR. If the talented and ambitious Justin Morgan has not been awarded the top job at either St Helens or Wigan for the 2013 season, he will probably head down under as well.
Perhaps there should be more SL coaching positions available in London and the south of France, in order for the best Australian coaches to come and stay long term, and impart their wisdom to northern hemisphere rugby league.
Edited by ParisSurtout, 04 July 2010 - 02:21 AM.