Brown booted out by Huddersfield
Nathan Brown’s time as Huddersfield coach was cut short Monday when the Yorkshire club dismissed him just a day after their Challenge Cup semi-final loss to Super League rivals Warrington.
The 38-year-old Australian was due to leave anyway at the end of the season, his fourth with the Giants, to take up a three-year contract with St Helens.
But his departure was brought forward after a slump in which Huddersfield won just one of their past eight matches to drop from the top of Super League to seventh.
Brown’s assistant Paul Anderson, due to become coach in November, will take over immediately ahead of Sunday’s home game against Wakefield.
“Clearly all can see that we have not performed to a level that we are confident this squad is capable of and as a consequence we have today agreed that Nathan will leave the club and Paul will move forward as head coach,” said Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis.
Brown insisted after Sunday’s 33-6 defeat by Warrington that he had no intention of leaving early.
But in a statement issued by the Wolves on Monday he said: “I am sorry that my time has ended earlier than probably anyone would have wished but I understand the club’s decision.”
Brown, the former St George Illawarra boss who succeeded Jon Sharp in October 2008, enjoyed instant success in England, guiding the Giants to third place in Super League and a place in the Challenge Cup final in his first season.
It was the club’s highest-ever finish in Super League and their first trip to Wembley for 47 years, although they were beaten by Warrington.
A year later Huddersfield went within 80 minutes of a maiden Grand Final and Brown extended his initial three-year deal by another 12 months.
Brown confirmed in December he would be leaving the club at the end of the 2012 season.
This term the Giants topped the table after winning 10 of their first 12 league matches.
However, they have just one win in their last eight, culminating in a 52-6 hammering at Castleford eight days ago when both Brown and Huddersfield chairman Ken Davy apologised to fans for the team’s display.© AFP 2013
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