Black­wood steps down as Brah­mans coach

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

BRAH­MANS coach An­thony Black­wood has stood down from the top job to be with his fam­ily.

Black­wood has been at the club for two and a half years but told the com­mit­tee he needed to be with his part­ner and their young baby.

“I’ve got a lot of re­spect for him choos­ing fam­ily over foot­ball be­cause fam­ily is a pri­or­ity – and that’s what I told the boys,” Brah­mans sec­re­tary Michael Lee said.

“There’s no hard feel­ings and we’ve left the door open for what­ever ca­pac­ity he wants.”

Black­wood will also re­lin- quish the boots but Lee said he would al­ways be wel­comed at the club and paid trib­ute to his nu­mer­ous con­tri­bu­tions.

“I think what he has done is set a bench­mark,” Lee said.

“He brought a pro­fes­sion­al­ism and stan­dard that is the bench­mark. That’s the level we want to con­tinue to achieve and con­tinue to im­prove on.”

Whit­sun­day vet­eran James Webb will take over as coach for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

“When he talks, they lis­ten. He will fo­cus on the ba­sics and he’s al­ready got plans in place,” Lee said.

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