SYDNEY, NEW SOUTH WALES - MARCH 05: Craig Fitzgibbon and Jake Friend share a joke as they walk to a Sydney Roosters NRL training session at Kippax Lake on March 5, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sydney Roosters assistants Adam O’Brien and Craig Fitzgibbon are the frontrunners to take over Newcastle’s senior coaching role from Nathan Brown in 2020, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Knights are courting Brown’s replacement after his shock call to depart the club after four years in charge.

O’Brien and Fitzgibbon are highly regarded around the league and and have reportedly both been internally discussed by the Knights in the past 48 hours.

Kevin Walters is also considered a contender for the job, while the likes of Anthony Griffin, Shane Flanagan, Geoff Toovey, Trent Barrett and Garth Brennan could also be discussed, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Brown’s decision to depart the club came as a surprise given Newcastle CEO Philip Gardner’s statement four weeks ago: “Nathan will go down as one of the most important coaches in Knights’ history.

“When he joined our club ahead of the 2016 season, it was at its lowest ebb. The sheer scale of the task he was faced with was monumental. It would have broken a lesser man.

“Put simply, it would be wrong to measure his contribution to the Knights in wins and losses alone. Nathan shaped our roster as he did our club. He once again made Newcastle a place that players wanted to not just play in, but play for.”


  1. Fitzgibbon? The Knights need a coach with an iq higher than 47.
    They should go for the roosters current head coach Cooper Cronk seeing he will be available from next year.

  2. Oh Woody for once why don’t you tell the whole story not just what you want to tell….

    Firstly the Goosters tried to stand over and bully Wyong Roos and they told Politis to stick it up his you know what. Then they threatened to walk and Wyong said 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻…

    Tail between their legs they went over and basically paid off The Entrance High School and made them an offer too good to refuse and hey presto the Goosters continue to “ look after the Central Coast “ area.

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