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Adam O'Brien can mark the beginning of a new era at the Knights

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29th August, 2019

Nathan Brown’s time as Newcastle head coach is done. We all know what he did, so there’s no point repeating it. Things are going to be different now.

I know us Knights supporters want success and believe we’ll get there, but it’s not going to happen in the blink of an eye. Next year, could we make the finals? Perhaps.

I’ll let the results give a good judgement before I start making my claims – they’ve come back to haunt me enough times this year.

So now we’re going from Nathan Brown to Adam O’Brien. Nathan Brown did his duty so he saw no need to stick around. Adam O’Brien will have a different duty – to bring a winning attitude to the team.

It’s not as simple as you think but all you need is a mindset focussed on success at all cost. Put it in your mind that you’re unstoppable and you become unstoppable. Reality is, you always have been but you didn’t know it.

The mind is the most powerful weapon. If O’Brien can make the Knights players feel that way, they will have – without a doubt – a better 2020 season.

Mitchell Pearce doing the double teapot.

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

The transition from Nathan Brown to Adam O’Brien is rather similar to Genesis’ transition from Peter Gabriel to Phil Collins. Despite Genesis being successful in the Peter Gabriel era they never topped the charts in the UK, whereas during the Phil Collins era Genesis had five chart-topping consecutive albums, from Duke to We Can’t Dance.

I love how I just compared my favourite football team to my favourite band. Nathan Brown is Peter Gabriel and Adam O’Brien is Phil Collins.


Nathan Brown rebuilt the team just like how Peter Gabriel built the platform for Genesis, and Adam O’Brien’s goal for the Knights is to get more success by making the finals consistently just like the already mentioned success Phil Collins brought to the English band.

That being said, Genesis’ first album with Phil Collins doing the vocal work was A Trick of the Tail – which didn’t top the charts so if we don’t make the finals next year, just show some patience.

Back on topic for the Knights – overall and outright, this year we scored more and conceded less. We had a better season than our last three, and to make it even better we got the team.

Let’s do a checklist – the team? Tick. The right coaching? Tick. The right mindset? Tick and cross.

I gave the right mindset both because at times this season, we did and we didn’t have it.


There were some games our boys played and they fell asleep having a comfortable lead, only to either choke or just scrape through with the win. Simply put, defending your lead is important but so is extending it.

Roarers, how do you think the Knights will go moving from Brown to O’Brien?