2. Nathan Brown

Will we see the Knights of the glory days return?

Brown is in a similar position to Cleary in that it looks like he’s got a squad capable of doing anything this year, a club on the rise who have recruited well.

Has Brown made the right decision moving Ponga?

Brown really hasn’t had much expectation on him at Newcastle with the roster he’s been dealt over the last few seasons, this year it’s a different ball game however, the heat is on!

Newcastle fans have every right to expect a big 2019, I’m sure Brown will feel that expectation heavily.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 23: Knights coach Nathan Brown looks on during the NRL trail match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Newcastle Knights at WIN Stadium on February 23, 2019 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


  1. Lol…are you running out of things to write about ZT? Hasn’t this article already been done? I can remember an article much the same as this only a couple months ago…

  2. Hmmmm certainly not a blog from a bias tigers fan.
    I think you can add your coach to the list. He went well with a star studded bunnies squad. Let’s see how he goes with an average tigers squad.

  3. Nathan Brown might be first to go if the Knights don’t start well. He’s already on notice that he needs to deliver a return to a winning culture or he’s not going to be in charge of the team he’s built. I think his strength is rebuilding a clubs roster ,but he isn’t a great strategist or motivator.

  4. The amount of coaches the Tigers have burnt through over the last decade I can’t see then turfing another one soon. I think he’s a lot safer than some.

  5. Stuart has been the luckiest coach in the NRL for the past decade.
    He has only made the Finals once in the last 10 seasons. Only year was back in 2016 where the Raiders should have made the GF no thanks to butter fingers Ed Lee. I honestly believe if the Raiders did make the 2016 GF they would’ve beaten the Sharks they did twice in 2016 already.

  6. Yeah Stuart has to be on shaky ground, the Raiders don’t look like there’s much upside there either. The Wighton switch seems like a move just try something different, but it feels a little like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

  7. I appreciate your comment.
    Yeah there’s a few ways you could rank them.
    I tried to put them in order of who I think has the most expectation.

    With the latest fiasco going on at Penrith, I think I nailed Cleary at no 1 😉

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