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#1 Mark B

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Short listed for final 4 of New Zealand job . Probably not much chance will get it but you never know . Wonder if he does if it will affect his position over here with you guys and his newly appointed wife on board too ? Clearly the guy is highly thought of

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Stephen Kearney (left), David Kidwell (right), Richie Blackmore and Aussie Glenn Morrison have been shortlisted for the Kiwis coaching job. Photo / Getty Images.
By Michael Brown

Little-known Australian Glenn Morrison has joined Stephen Kearney, David Kidwell and Richie Blackmore on a shortlist of four to be interviewed for the Kiwis coaching position.

The NZRL received 14 applications for the position and have whittled it down to four but there were none of the big names many might have hoped for.

Kearney is the frontrunner to retain the position he's held since 2008, despite the fact the Kiwis were outclassed by Australia in last year's World Cup final in Manchester. He's known to hold considerable support within the NZRL and is also favoured by the majority of players.

Kidwell is the main contender, having recently taken up a position as Wests Tigers assistant after three years under Craig Bellamy in Melbourne.

Blackmore has had good success in New Zealand, having won two Fox Memorial titles and also been New Zealand Maori co-coach, but it's believed his lack of NRL or UK Super League coaching experience will count against him.

Morrison is the outsider. He is presently coaching the Dewsbury Rams in the UK Championship after a long playing career with Balmain, North Sydney, North Queensland, Parramatta, Bradford and Wakefield spanning 16 years - he retired in 2011.

The four candidates will be interviewed by a six-strong appointment panel over the next week with a recommendation due with the NZRL board by mid-February.

The appointment process is running alongside a review of last year's World Cup campaign.

"We need to be clear that this process is not an indictment on Stephen Kearney's performance as coach over the past six years,'' NZRL chief executive Phil Holden said. "He has helped raise this programme to a higher level than it was when he arrived.

"But we were obliged to advertise this role once his contract expired and saw it as an opportunity to see who else was in the marketplace.

"It's also an opportunity to scope out a succession plan - who can we begin developing as future Kiwis coaches?''

The six-man selection panel consists of Holden, three NZRL board members _ chairman Scott Carter, former Kiwis player Iva Ropati and former Kiwis manager Ray Haffenden _ NZRL high performance manager Tony Iro, and High Performance Sport NZ coaching consultant and world champion Black Sox softball coach Eddie Kohlhase.

The Kiwis' first fixture this year will be the annual Anzac test on May 2.

Source : Nz Herald

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#2 TheTerminator

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 09:48 PM

I'd say he's probably a shoe-in for a role in the Kiwi set-up even if he doesn't get the main job.

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#3 Simon Kerr

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:44 PM

A great way of getting the Rams more publicity...  Never thought I would see the Dewsbury Rams splattered all over the NZ media!


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#4 JimbobRam

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Posted 04 February 2014 - 10:53 PM

I never would want to hold Glenn back if he got the role be a cruel blow to us though he'll go on to bigger and better things.
I think asstiant coaches role would be more likely at this time though.

#5 Blind side johnny

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 05:16 PM

If GM proves to be any good, which he hasn't really had the chnace to do so far, then we must expect to lose him sooner rather than later. That's the problem withh recruiting a coach on his way up rather than one on his way down.


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#6 9' oller

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 06:01 PM

Come back wozza all is forgotten

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#7 Piggy's mate

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:04 PM

I really don't see what he has achieved that would put him in contention! Have they heard of Jimbobram in NZ they may even consider him for the post if he sends his cv in :lol:

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#8 JimbobRam

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 07:40 PM

I will send my cv in then Dewsbury or NZ hmm tough choice haha. :)

#9 Simon Kerr

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:28 PM

As a player, Glenn Morrison was known for his blond barnet and bustling style and now as a coach he's gained notoriety as being a contender for the Kiwis coaching role.

Morrison was yesterday named as one of four shortlisted for the Kiwis job. His name stuck out like Willie Mason's jaw, alongside incumbent Stephen Kearney, David Kidwell and Richie Blackmore, with many wondering Glenn who?

The 37-year-old had a long playing career for Balmain, North Sydney, Parramatta and North Queensland in Australia before finishing his career in the UK Super League with Bradford and Wakefield. He played four times for NSW Country Origin and in 2001 was Cowboys Player of the Year.

Even before retiring as a player in 2011, Morrison knew he wanted to coach and helped out with various sides including Wakefield's under-18s and under-20s and took up a role as Wakefield assistant coach and head coach of their under-20s and nines sides when he stopped playing.

He has also been assistant coach of the Exiles in the UK and in 2012 was appointed coach of Dewsbury, taking them to the finals of the Championship last year for the first time in 13 seasons.

It is a massive jump to Kiwis coach, however, and Morrison is aware he is the outsider.

"I believe in my abilities as a coach and obviously they have seen something as well to put me on the shortlist,'' said Morrison, who played and learned under the likes of Tim Sheens, Brian Smith, Steve McNamara and John Kear.

"Anyone who is a coach would love to have that role. It's one of the top roles in rugby league. They didn't get the result they wanted at the World Cup but it's a chance for the new coach to get them back to No 1 and I believe with the talent pool they have they can easily achieve that.

"This year I took a step back to take a step forward to be head coach of Dewsbury to show I have my own coaching ideas and philosophies. And we were successful in our first year.

"I don't want to hold a team back and I like to have player input with the senior player group. You get more out of it when it's player driven. So far I have been pretty successful. I have my brand of rugby league, which is pretty expansive, and I think that fits well with the way the Kiwis play and the talent available.''

The Kiwis were badly beaten by Australia in last year's World Cup final but Kearney remains the favourite for the job. He has considerable support within the halls of the NZRL as well as among the players and says he has "unfinished business'' with the side.

Kidwell is the main contender, having impressed many since joining the coaching ranks in 2010. He recently started as Wests Tigers assistant after three years under Craig Bellamy in Melbourne.

Blackmore has had good success in New Zealand, having won two Fox Memorial titles and taken the Auckland Vulcans to the NSW Cup grand final, but his lack of NRL or UK Super League coaching experience is likely to count against him.

The quartet were among 14 applicants and will be interviewed by a six-strong appointment panel over the next week with a recommendation due with the NZRL board by mid-February.

The Kiwis' first fixture this year will be the annual Anzac test on May 2 at a venue yet to be decided.



Source: NZ Herald

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#10 andyram

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Posted 05 February 2014 - 11:52 PM

I don't think he will get the job, but just to get down to the last four is a great achievement in his very young coaching career.Having his name associated with such a big job can only be good for his career in the future.Also it can only be good to get Dewsbury Rams name out there in kiwi land too!!

#11 EQUALIZER

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 01:04 AM

Hope he has not a cat in hell chance of getting the job.BUT good luck to the man.



#12 DEWSBURY TIL I DIE

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 10:18 AM

What happens if he gets the job and as to move back to Australia? I reckon they may appoint him as part of the coaching staff which could keep him as head coach of the rams. It would be a terrible time to leave though, if he leaves straight away after getting the job. All the good work done in assembling his own squad and then to leave before the season even starts..

#13 coolie

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 11:06 AM

If he leaves,he leaves pure and simple

No sleep will be lost as we've been here countless times as Rams fan's

It's not the end of the world and we would carry on

And believe it or not...

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And not where some presume it does ;)

Edited by coolie, 06 February 2014 - 11:08 AM.


#14 Piggy's mate

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 12:13 PM

What happens if he gets the job and as to move back to Australia?

 

Wouldn't it be beneficial if the NZ coached lived in NZ? Its like the English coach living in Aus........ oh hang-on a mo


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#15 Rambo

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 03:41 PM

He's not proved himself at Dewsbury yet, so to be shortlisted as NZ coach is a bit of a joke.


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#16 London Dick

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Posted 06 February 2014 - 09:25 PM

Has Mrs Morrison been doing his marketing if so you have a supremely talented marketer at your club there. I find at hard to believe the 2nd best International rugby league team is having to short list a coach from the Championship in England. He has hardly been a revalation coaching your team.

It's the rugby league equivalent of Mike Bassett.

If he is fortunate to get the role and you have to replace him then I'm sure you have no issues.
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