Looks like the Aussie coaching job is up for grabs
IT IS among the most prestigious coaching jobs in Australia. Guiding and mentoring some of the finest athletes in the world. Coaching a famous and iconic brand name with an annual remuneration of about $ 130,000.
Yet the Australian Kangaroos coaching job remains wide open – with no immediate solution. The plum job is for sale. Incumbent Tim Sheens has lost his last three Tests to New Zealand, his successful sevenyear tenure seemingly over.
Now the issues start. Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy was hot favourite to replace Sheens, who will find out his position after an NRL Commission meeting later this year.
Bellamy though has now hinted at extending his deal at Melbourne. He has previously claimed he will retire after next season.
Melbourne officials will hold talks with Bellamy once this season is over. Should he re- sign as expected, he would be ineligible for the Test job.
The ARL Commission rules states club coaches cannot coach Australia.
Manly’s Geoff Toovey has been mentioned as another possibility but there appears to be some resistance there.
Toovey has another year to run at Manly but will be replaced for next season by Penrith assistant Trent Barrett.
Kangaroos assistant coach David Furner would be a strong candidate. He has been with the Kangaroos and Sheens since 2010. As a Cowboys assistant coach, Furner has also played a pivotal role in North Queensland’s premiership charge this season.
Australia will play a Test in April next year before travelling to United Kingdom for a Four Nations tournament. The ‘ Roos will then compete in the 2017 World Cup, to be played in Australia and New Zealand.