Warriors part ways with head coach Nathan Brown, effective immediately

Nathan Brown has coached his last game for the New Zealand Warriors.

The 48-year-old took over the job at the beginning of last season, but has managed to produce just 12 wins from 37 game to date.

The loss to Manly over the weekend, in which Brown admitted he had ‘no excuses’ for after the game, appears to have been the final nail in the coffin.


Brown reportedly told the Warriors on Monday that he would not be returning to New Zealand next year, with the club still based in Redcliffe due to the ongoing impacts of COVID. 

News Corp later revealed that the club and Brown would hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, with the belief that both parties would be parting ways.

The club has since confirmed the split, with Warriors legend Stacey Jones to take over as interim coach for the remainder of the year. 

Warriors CEO Cameron George said the decision on Brown’s future came due to his desire to remain in Australia next year.

“Nathan told us he had made a personal decision that for family reasons he wouldn’t be able to relocate to New Zealand as originally planned for the long term,” he said. 

“We fully appreciate his position and the call he has made. Given those circumstances we agreed we needed to make an immediate change.

“It’s tough for everyone involved but, in the best interests of the club, we felt we had to go in a different direction now.

“Nathan has worked so hard for our club and we are extremely disappointed it has come to this.

“We’re truly grateful for what he has done and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Brown has coached 282 NRL games to date across stints with the Dragons, Knights and Warriors. 

George talked up the credentials of Jones, who played 261 games for the Warriors and has been involved on the coaching staff for many years.

“Stacey’s love of the club and knowledge of it is unparalleled. He has been on the inside of it for close to 25 years,” he said.

“We’ll be giving him, staff and players all the support possible for the rest of the season.”

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