Beware of coaches, in any sport, with long contracts, as the length for which the contract is signed and the period of time for which the coach serves are often at odds with one another.
Nathan Brown is reportedly set to ink an extension with the Newcastle Knights of the NRL for five years. He is in the final year of his contract and a five-year extension would keep him at Newcastle until the end of 2023.
From an outside perspective, it might seem that Brown would come to the Knights for a bargain price. He has been with the team for two full seasons and the Knights have won on only eight of 50 chances, which are not the sort of figures one typically assigns to stories of coaching longevity.
Cap that with the collection of wooden spoons, two of them that the Knights have collected under Brown’s tenure and it is reasonable to conclude that he might have married the bosses’ daughter.
Still, Brown has shown coaching prowess far beyond what has gone on with the Knights. It could be a case of savvy, mature ownership that realises that no coach can win if the players do not perform.
Brown had a 53 percent winning percentage over six seasons with St George Illawarra, 58 percent at the Huddersfield Giants and 63 percent at St. Helens.
Simplistically stated, it would seem that if you have a rugby side with Saints in the name, Brown is the man you want calling the shots.
The Knights are on the uptick, it would seem, as they won their first two games of the Telstra 2018 NRL Premiership competition before they were thrashed Sunday by the score of 38 – 3 by the Sydney Roosters.
In the ranks of professional coaching, long-term coaching tenure is as close to oxymoronic as it gets, but Brown told The Sunday Ticket, “We certainly love Newcastle, myself and the family. “We’ve (the Knights, not the family) gone through a really tough time and we’re starting to build a squad now that’s certainly on the improve. We know we’ve got a long way to go, but I’d definitely like to be a part of it for the next number of years if it works out well.”