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Brian McDermott Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:34 am  

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Rugby League Hub has reported that former Leeds boss and Bradford prop Brian McDermott could be set for a sensational return to Bradford.

I heard this a few weeks back but didn't think much of it.

JK to move upstairs?

Good decision/bad decision?
Re: Brian McDermott Wed Aug 04, 2021 9:43 am  

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I did wonder when Kear would decide to take a back seat or step down. His contract runs until the end of 2022 so maybe there will be a transition?

McDermott obviously did very well indeed at Leeds and has played at the very highest level for us. It's decent appointment if it's true.

He's a complicated character - I bet Mick is bricking it at the thought of trying to do post match interviews.
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Re: Brian McDermott Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:10 am  

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Sorry but I don't rate him as a coach at all. He'd want big money too.
There's no point spending big on a coach when your playing squad only has the budget that ours has. They aren't miracle workers and even the best coaching tactics in the world can't help.

This division is not decided by coaching tactics and intricacies. It's all about those who have money and those who don't. Look at the gulf between the top two and the rest, it's nothing to do with the coaching setups.
Re: Brian McDermott Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:42 am  

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If true, must be Kears choice as I can't see Wood asking him to move upstairs with us currently in the top 4 and the stability he's brought to the club. I wonder if his Wife's recent leg break maybe brought his priorities into focus. Would be a big blow if he decided he wanted to move upstairs or just quit coaching.

On Mcdermott. As Bullseye said he's a complicated character and probably the polar opposite of JK. He'd certainly divide opinon. There's not a huge raft of quality coaches available though. Danny Ward stands out but will surely get the next available SL coaching job.
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Re: Brian McDermott Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:32 pm  

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A real statement of intent. Somebody once said Brian Smith was a s easy to rub along with as a sandpaper jock strap. Everybody loved McNamara and Cummins.

Welcome home Brian (I hope!)
Re: Brian McDermott Thu Aug 05, 2021 7:53 am  

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Can't see that, unless Kear's had enough and Niggle's found a few hundred grand down the back of the sofa.

I think the RL hub's been on the crack?
Re: Brian McDermott Thu Aug 05, 2021 8:40 am  

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Sorry but I don't rate him as a coach at all. He'd want big money too.
There's no point spending big on a coach when your playing squad only has the budget that ours has. They aren't miracle workers and even the best coaching tactics in the world can't help.

This division is not decided by coaching tactics and intricacies. It's all about those who have money and those who don't. Look at the gulf between the top two and the rest, it's nothing to do with the coaching setups.

I think you need to look at how he did in London, bringing on the younger players and knitting a decent side together without a great deal of cash. There's nothing whatever to say he wouldn't be a good coach in our set up too.
I agree that money is the only real difference between the top two and the rest, but if JK feels it's time to 'put his feet up' a bit then I'm fine with Maccy D coming back. There again I've always liked the bloke.
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Re: Brian McDermott Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:30 pm  

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I said a few months ago that I didn't expect Kear to start a new contract and was pillaried for it.
I don't say that because I don't like Kear - just the opposite. He was the perfect person to come in and pick us up and steady the ship but I just don't see him as a long term coach at his age.
That doesn't mean I prefer McDermott though.
This story if it came true wouldn't surprise me. If we did end up with McDermott I think it would be important to get a good young assistant in the mold that Macca played under Noble. He did most of the tactical coaching and Nobby got all the credit. The assistant is sometimes more important than the number 1.
If Kear finishes I would let him go and spend the money they would spend on paying him to move up on a good assistant - possibly an ex bull. I doubt Langers would want to be Brians assistant. That for me would be perfect but there are others who would be a good number 2.
Re: Brian McDermott Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:50 pm  

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I'd love Leon as an assistant. Has so much knowledge of the game and did a superb job at Workington.

In his final year playing for us, although his body had given up on him, he was virtually coaching the side on the field and we looked much better with him there.
Re: Brian McDermott Thu Aug 05, 2021 12:54 pm  

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I think we could do a lot worse than Brian Mac if Kear decides to call it a day / step upstairs. It would 100% be Kear’s decision though and I can’t see a decision to get rid of Kear before he is ready.

There would need to be some realistic views though as he would likely have one of the smaller budgets he’s worked with. Remember london have a big money backer so he had no annual financial meltdown to deal with.

If anyone could get us solid, consistent and playing for the shirt I think it’s Brian Mac
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