Tim Sheens to become Hull KR’s head coach

Tim Sheens will be the new head coach of Hull KR next season, according to newspaper reports emerging today (Thursday) – with Marwan Koukash confirming the speculation on Friday.

The well-respected Australian, who guided the Kangaroos to World Cup glory in 2013, is currently midway through a three-year contract at Salford as their head of rugby. However, he will leave the Red Devils and take up his new role at Rovers next season on the basis that they avoid relegation to the Kingstone Press Championship.

“I always said I would release Tim if he got the opportunity to become a head coach,” Koukash told PA.

A number of coaches have been linked with the job since Chris Chester’s departure at the start of the season. Steve McNamara was the first name to be mentioned, and although Rovers were thought to have agreed a deal with the former England head coach, things eventually deteriorated.

Current Leeds head coach Brian McDermott was also linked with the job, while Terry Matterson and Justin Morgan have also been mentioned. However, Sheens has eventually been the man selected by the club’s hierarchy.

James Webster has been in temporary charge at the club since Chester’s departure, and will now step back into the club’s backroom staff.