Ex-Warriors coach Nathan Brown has made the surprising revelation that his days as head coach are over after he retired from the New Zealand club with immediate effect.
Brown and the Warriors agreed to split immediately after he informed the club that he would not be able to move his family to New Zealand for the long term.
However, with two positions available with the Tigers and Bulldogs, Brown was asked by Dave Riccio if he would consider a job as head coach at one of the two Sydney clubs where his family is based.
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“Would you be interested in the Wests Tigers or the Bulldogs job?” Riccio asked Brown on NRL 360.
Brown replied: “Look, the people I worked for in the Warriors are champions and I told them my situation two weeks ago.
“I’ve talked to my family and my days as head coach are over. I told them I’m not going to perform at another club.
“I said, you decide whether you want me to stay for the rest of this year or not, but my days as head coach are over.
“I’m going to go to another field in the rugby league and I’ll honor my word for what I’ve said to those guys.
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“That’s what I would like to do. I’m not so sure what that looks like. But I’ve seen way too many coaches in my 20 years as head coach who were basically put on the line because the clubs did a bad job and didn’t support them.
“I was lucky enough to survive. People like Trent Barrett and all these guys are great coaches, but they coached teams with bad rosters that weren’t well organized.
“I would like to help a young coach survive. That’s what I would like to do in the future, so my days as head coach are over.
“I can’t coach if my daughters aren’t willing to move anymore, so it’s their fault as much as I love them.
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“But my head coach days are over. I am moving to a new field.
“I’m very thankful for the 20 years I’ve been doing it.”
Brown identified the biggest problem facing the Warriors face before Covid threw a spanner in the works and believes success for the struggling club is just around the corner.
“The biggest problem was player transfer to Australia,” said Brown.
“Before I got there, the club decided to set up an Academy and they had an SG Ball side.
“From that SG Ball side before Covid started, there were probably four or five who have now played first class under myself.
“But when Covid started, it had to stop. What the club discovered long ago was to stop the flow of players to Australia before I got there.
“They came to the conclusion that they needed to give the players the opportunity to play in a Warriors jersey from a young age so that they had something to aspire to.
“Mark Robinson and Cameron George and the club put that in place and then came Covid.
“They still have some people in New Zealand in place and they’ve been working really hard behind the scenes.”
Brown believes the squad’s relocation due to Covid and the impact the club has endured cannot be underestimated.
“If Covid didn’t come, the Warriors would be in a great place right now, but Covid is a hit for the club,” Brown said.
“To put it in perspective, the Warriors are playing against the Panthers at Redcliffe in two weeks and it will be 60 games that the club has been away from home.
“It doesn’t matter what people say about allowances. There is no football in the country and it is difficult to draw children when you are not there.
“That’s a bull’s eye for the club. The roster itself and the youth of the roster is very good. The areas that the roster has had to improve are very good. The salary cap is in very good shape and going home will be great are for the club.
“I honestly believe that the Warriors will give people enough things to talk about in 12 to 18 months.”
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