Looks like the Aussie coach­ing job is up for grabs

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

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.

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