Nathan Brown’s future at New Zealand Warriors, news, updates
Nathan Brown’s future at the New Zealand Warriors is in jeopardy after his side suffered a fifth successive defeat.
While Brown would remain head coach of the Warriors for the remainder of the 2022 season, The Daily Telegraph Phil Rothfield said Brown’s future beyond 2022 remains uncertain.
“Cameron (George, CEO of Warriors) would not guarantee Browny’s job for next year, he said he had spoken to Nathan with owner Mark Robinson,” Rothfield said. Sky Racing’s Big Sports Breakfast.
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“They have decided to put his future on hold until the end of the season and just hope that a return home will give the players a little boost.
“He needed to win football games by Matchday 24, their performance the other night was still bad.”
Brown has faced increasing scrutiny for the Warriors’ poor run this season, winning just four games in 13 rounds and losing 44-12 to an understaffed Manly team this weekend. end.
And while Rothfield thinks Brown has a lot of tactical savvy, he said the job of managing the players and team culture is proving difficult for the Warriors coach.
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“I think technically and tactically Browny is as sharp as any coach in rugby league, but coaching an NRL club is so much more than that,” Rothfield said.
“It’s about managing players, dealing with salary caps, dealing with the cultural issues that come with Maori boys at the Warriors.
“In fact, they’ve been away from home for so long and they’re dealing with it all.
“I think Browny is going to fight to keep this job.”
It comes after Warriors star full-back Reece Walsh lambasted his side for another dismal performance, putting a strong command on the players to turn things around.
“It’s tough. We just go out there and sabotage ourselves,” Walsh said. “There’s no other way to put it. We put pressure on ourselves and, you know, we keep on do it every week.
“It’s not good enough. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. »
Braith Anasta told the Fox League over the weekend that Brown was under “enormous pressure.”
“Nathan Brown is one of the great guys in the game, but he must be under the pump here,” Anasta said.
“He must be under tremendous pressure. It is reality. »
But Brown himself refused to back down in the face of mounting pressure on his position.
“I’ve been coaching for a long time now, so I don’t coach out of fear,” Brown said after the weekend’s disappointing loss. “All we can do is continue to prepare as best we can to do what we think is right. I’ve been here too long to worry about all that other stuff to be honest. This is the truth for me.
He added that individuals have grown but consistency across the team has been lacking.
“I saw some individual improvements, but obviously the team dynamics, I saw some bad ones,” Brown said.
“We were disappointing as a team. Our biggest problem is getting a good performance from the players on the same day,” he added.
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The Warriors haven’t played a game at their home ground at Mt Smart Stadium since August 30, 2019, an exile that will finally come to an end in Round 16 when they host the Tigers on July 3.
The long-awaited return comes as a crucial opportunity for Brown’s team to stop their alarming collapse and solidify the future of the under-fire Warriors coach.
First, however, Brown will be eager to silence his critics when the New Zealand side take on the Cronulla Sharks at Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe on Sunday.
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