August 19, 2019

Brian McClennan resigns as Leeds Rhinos coach

Brian McClennan - A great coach and one of the planets most enthusiastic and honest blokes.

Brian McClennan has resigned as head coach of UK Super League club Leeds Rhinos, with assistant Brian McDermott taking over.

McClennan took over at Headingley in 2007. Leeds won the UK Super League title in 2008 and 2009 but this season they went out in the semi-finals to Wigan.

McClennan still had a year to run on his contract and McDermott was brought in from Harlequins to replace him in 2012. The decision to go was McClennan’s. He said “Since the conclusion of last season, I have had time to reflect. I have also spent time with Brian McDermott assessing the future. Therefore, I think the time is right to hand over the reins now rather than later. I just feel if I continued it would be for selfish reasons only. Brian is ready now and will do a great job”.

There have been rumours of player unrest. Newswarped thinks that being such an up-front guy McClennan might have told some of them a few truths that others were too chicken to raise.

Brian McClennan has made no secret of his desire to coach in the Australia NRL. New Zealand Warriors coach Ivan Cleary may be having the odd uncomfortable nights sleep. Auckland is a much noisier place with Brian back in town.