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Brian McDermott leaves Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos have decided to release Head Coach Brian McDermott with immediate effect with Chief Executive Gary Hetherington now beginning the search for a long-term successor for McDermott.

McDermott was the longest serving coach in Super League and the most successful in the summer era of the game winning four Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups, a League Leaders Shield and a World Club Challenge in his eight seasons at the club.

In addition, he was assistant coach to Tony Smith for the 2004 Grand Final and 2005 World Club Challenge victories. He succeeded Brian McClennan in October 2011, returning to the club after five seasons coaching Harlequins RL in London. He has coached the Rhinos for almost twice as many games as any other Head Coach in the Super League era and last Thursday’s defeat at Wigan was his 265th game in charge of Leeds.

The Rhinos have appeared in at least one Final in every year at the club including four Grand Finals, four Challenge Cup Finals and four World Club Challenges. In 2015, he was named Super League Coach of the Year and Coach of the Year at the 2015 UK Coaching Awards, the same year that the Rhinos captured the historic treble.

The Rhinos are currently in eighth position in the Betfred Super League table with four games remaining in the regular season, starting with this Sunday’s trip to face Castleford Tigers. The defence of the title won against the same opponent last October has been blighted by injuries to senior members of McDermott’s squad this season with up to 12 players missing at one occasion this campaign.

Leeds are also in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi final when they will face Warrington Wolves at the Macron Stadium on 5th August looking to return to Wembley for a sixth time in nine seasons.

Commenting on the departure Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said,

“It is always disappointing to announce the departure of someone who has contributed so much to our club’s success and Brian McDermott has certainly done that. The clubs most successful coach has also helped to forge a rugby operation with toughness, resilience and a strong desire to succeed, which his successor will inherit. That search will now begin in earnest.

“Eight years is a long time for any Head Coach at the same club and we have enjoyed much success and endured some difficult times along the way when tough decisions had to be made. We have always come through strongly but I do believe our present predicament requires change and that this is the right call for the club.

“Brian is a man of the utmost integrity and passion for Rugby League. He has so much to offer the sport and I have no doubt he will go on to achieve more success in the future. Leeds Rhinos will be forever indebted to his contribution,”

On the decision, Brian McDermott commented,

“I am extremely disappointed this has happened and obviously it is not a decision I agree with. I wish everyone at the club the best and my thoughts will be with the team on Sunday and through to the end of the season.”



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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