2015 Newcastle Knights Coach

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Who will coach the Knights in 2015 ??

  1. Rick Stone

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    47.2%
  2. Garth Brennan

    27 vote(s)
    37.5%
  3. Craig Sandercock

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  4. Neil Henry

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  5. Kevin Walters

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  6. Tim Sheens

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  7. Matt Elliot

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  8. Danny Buderus

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  9. Andrew Dunemann

    1 vote(s)
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  10. Other

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  1. rhugh89

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    We want Wayne Bennett to be a big part of Newcastle Knights’ future, says Dave Smith


    • BARRY TOOHEY
    • THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
    • JUNE 15, 2014 12:00AM

    NEWCASTLE coach Wayne Bennett will be encouraged to remain at the Knights long term, with NRL boss Dave Smith declaring he is a “terrific leader of men” and very important to the future of the club.

    Smith has ended months of speculation surrounding the Knights’ ownership by confirming the NRL will take control until a new ownership model is put in place.

    Current CEO Matt Gidley and chairman Paul Harragon will remain in their roles supported by management from the NRL until a new board is chosen over the next few months.

    But Smith said the long-term reality is the NRL is not in the business of owning clubs and once a stabilising period is completed, future ownership options will be considered.

    The NRL has already held preliminary talks with Wests Group in Newcastle with a view to them becoming a major financial backer.

    Smith’s announcement brings to an end Nathan Tinkler’s tumultuous three-year reign as Knights owner after months of negotiations involving Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group and the Knights Members’ Club.

    The new entity, to be known as Knights Rugby League Pty Ltd, will kick off debt-free with $5.1 million in the bank, the part proceeds of Tinkler’s $10.52 million bank guarantee.

    The remainder of the guarantee will go towards paying existing debt.

    A seven member board will be established with four independent directors, two stakeholder directors and a community director initially appointed by the Members’ Club.

    Smith claimed Newcastle was in as strong a financial position as any club in the NRL because of the new deal and stressed the head body’s involvement will have no impact on the club’s identity.

    ‘‘The Knights will continue to be Newcastle through and through,” Smith said at a press conference at Hunter Stadium.

    “The team will look the same, they will continue to be based in Newcastle and they will represent this region proudly like they have for the last 26 years.

    “The difference is that, financially, they will be one of the top tier clubs in the competition.

    “We have secured the long term future for Newcastle Knights.

    "This is about Newcastle.

    "This is about the community of Newcastle and we are going to make that community connection stronger, not weaker.”

    Smith was reluctant to spell out whether the new entity would completely honour all existing staff contracts except to say that it was “business as usual”, presumably until at least the end of the season.

    But quizzed later on Bennett’s contract, which is in place until the end of 2015, he told The Sunday Telegraph he wants to see the coach stay.

    “Wayne’s a very important part of the club and hopefully this (agreement) clears away the uncertainty for him and he can now make an informed decision,” he said.

    “I know he loves the place and he loves the club and we want to keep people of his calibre involved here.

    "Personally, I hope he is part of the club long term.”

    Smith said the Knights ownership structure could well be the blueprint for other NRL clubs in the future.

    “It’s similar to some of the other structures that we are thinking about across other clubs in the NRL,” Smith said.

    “In terms of governance, having a skills-based board that has a proper level of independence, the right leadership with clubs that are well capitalised, I think that is a really good model for other clubs to be thinking about as well.”


    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sp...-says-dave-smith/story-fni3gf5j-1226954477922
     
  2. Joshhh

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    I guess it's a good thing roster wise if he stays, we should keep our juniors that we've been working on, we should hopefully get a few new players in the club. If we build a forward pack next year of a good standard, I will be alot more confident. It would have been nice getting Stone in there & maybe seeing some good attacking football again, although it probably wouldn't be a good thing for trying to attract new players or keep juniors that Bennett has been involved with.
     
  3. Sammyyy

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    In the interview Wayne did with the ABC after the game he basically said that the full details regarding the ownership model probably wont be in place till the end of the season. He also said that until he knows who the new CEO and Chairman is, he will not make any decision on his future because those people have to share the same visions as him. He was full of praise for Matt Gidley but most likely he wont be in the job for much longer.

    It really sounded like he has given up on us completely this season. If thats the case, he seriously should consider shifting the team around. No point sticking to the same formula each week because at the moment its not winning us games.
     
  4. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    If by 'sharing his vision' he means giving him huge pay and unlimited resources to deliver the worst record in Knights coaching history, that's not going to happen. Whoever takes over, there will be belt tightening, and there will be pressure to deliver results or explain why.
     
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    Defender1 Steve Simpson

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    It's been a disaster on the field with injuries etc as well. I am still waiting for the Bennett bashers to come up with a more credentialed and experienced option that would have had more success over the last couple of years, considering all the advetsity we've faced. I don't care what club it is, if they're faced with the same circumstances, they'll have similar (if not worse) results.

    if someone comes up with a better option then yes you'll convince me we should change, but that's just not an option.
     
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    relicorange94 Steve Walters

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    I feel extremely ashamed now. I just want to say sorry that I've made a massive fool of myself about posting put-downs the stupid as hell petition and all of the past garbage. I am really sorry. Wayne is a good guy and well respected and all but I just don't think he's suited for the new NRL rules with his stale game plan. But if he steps down as coach at least he'll get a role with the Knights.
     
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    What worries me is recruiting players that need to know who the coach is, if it's not know until the off season what hope do we have in getting players for next season
     
  8. anthemlost

    anthemlost Steve Linnane

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    I was expecting the first reply to be "That's funny we dont".... Will be interesting
     
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    Defender1 Steve Simpson

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    Hope your not serious?

    If so, no need to think like that brother, forums are the place to express your views and opinions. Haven't seen you write anything wrong ;) Some just might not agree with everything that's been said all the time.

    I'm not saying those on the Bennett side of the fence (including me) are right either. We're all just expressing our thoughts, no more than that mate. I for one enjoy every ones input (most of the time lol) :)
     
  10. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    FFS - he is past retirement age and has been the highest paid coach in the NRL for 30 years or something. He is almost certainly as rich as Tinkler. I could live comfortably for the rest of my life on one year of his salary, let alone 30.
    Unless the guy is a complete idiot, and i think we know he isn't, just the 4 million or so Tinks has given him makes him a very wealthy man.
    No one needs to feel any sorrow or regret about having a go at Bennett. If he quits the Knights tomorrow he could retire as the richest man in Rugby League, or walk into a consulting job at the Broncos for just twice what anyone on this forum will ever earn.
     
  11. manager

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    You do know where all his money is going to and what his greatest fear is? I suggest you do some research especially about his son.
     
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    Defender1 Steve Simpson

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    Pretty sure he hasn't been on the money we're paying him for the last 30 years?
     
  13. Sammyyy

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    The problem I have is the coach has given up which equates to the team giving up. Hes blamed the off field mess as the reason we are playing sh*t but whilst it could be part of the reason- it is not the sole reason. The boys are trying, no doubt about it - there is something about his coaching that isnt working at Newcastle and I'm not sure if it ever will.

    So the question now is: Is Wayne Bennett the right coach to fix the mess Newcastle is in (on the field?). Tbh I'm not sure I want him as the coach of our club anymore.

    Also, not sure if it really means anything but Clydesdale did come out and say something interesting about how he is actually scared of Wayne...not really sure what to think of that comment.
     
  14. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Pretty sure he has been on at least 5 times the average wage for 30 years, and he has been in a position to get top level financial advice. Unless the guy has the worst gambling addiction in recorded history or has given 10s of millions to charity, he is filthy rich.
     
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    Defender1 Steve Simpson

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    Who cares how much money Wayne Bennett has made over 30 years? Good luck to him! Does that make him less respected or less of a person?
     
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    I don't think anyone is worried about him financially, but I don't think anyone can begrudge him for trying to make as much money as he can.
     
  17. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    and where did I say he couldn't?
    I'm happy for him to get 5 mill a year if someone will pay him that.
    I'm not real happy the Knights are paying him 1.4 mill a year to get a wooden spoon though.
     
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    So back on topic - is Wayne worth $1.4 mill a year? At the moment, probably not. Would I like him around next year - yeh I would. Is that logical - not really.
     
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    Defender1 Steve Simpson

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    Sorry Billy, I misunderstood what you were saying ;)

    I'm certainly not worried about his financial future lol...
     
  20. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    He is currently the least successful coach in Knight's history, and everyone before him worked with a fraction of the resources he has.
    For what we are paying him we could literally get any coach in the game.
    If they offered that money to Trent Robinson he would break speed records on the F3 getting up here.
    I'm looking forward to getting behind the next coach.
     
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