Roughyeds are delighted to announce a major coup with the arrival of former Harlequins RL, Leeds Rhinos and Toronto Wolfpack boss Brian McDermott as coaching consultant to the end of the season.
He will come in immediately, making his first appearance to meet the players and staff at training tomorrow (Tuesday) night, and will work closely with Brendan Sheridan as assistant coach.
McDermott (51), Super League’s most successful coach ever, brings a wealth of experience to Roughyeds, who face a battle to avoid relegation from the Betfred Championship.
He led Leeds to wins in four Super League Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and a World Club Challenge during eight years at Headingley, leaving in the summer of 2018. Shortly afterwards, he was named as the new head coach of Toronto Wolfpack and was at the helm in Canada until their top-flight demise.
In breaking the big news this evening, Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton said:
“This is a huge capture for the club and one that I am sure will be massively welcomed by all concerned, especially by our supporters.
“Brian is coming in as coaching consultant until the end of the season – he will be at training tomorrow night – and he will work closely with Shez.
“His marvellous record as player and coach speaks for itself. More than that, he is his own man and that was very much part of the appeal in talking to him.
“I have always had a lot of respect for Brian and I don’t think we could have got anyone better in the situation we are in.”
Brian revealed that he and our club chairman had known each other for many years.
“Chris and I go back a long way, all the way back to 1997 in fact, and I have always held him in high regard for the way he has run the club over many years and for the way he has conducted himself in his chairmanship of the club.
“Due to unfortunate circumstances, Oldham find themselves in a relegation battle.
“Chris asked me for help and advice. We met for talks and I am pleased to say I will come on board at Roughyeds as a coaching consultant until the end of the season.
“Matt Diskin will have put good systems and coaching philosophies in place, of that I’m sure, so I won’t be coming in to turn the place upside down or anything like that.
“Sometimes, a different voice, a new perspective and a change of personnel can make the difference.”
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