Tim Sheens put forward for the NZ Warriors job

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 07:37 08/04/2014
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SHEENS KEEN: Australia's world cup winning coach and veteran NRL operator Tim Sheens is sniffing around the Warriors job.

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Australia's Rugby League World Cup-winning coach and veteran NRL operator Tim Sheens is sniffing around the Warriors job.

Sheens' management have been open about putting their man forward in the wake of Matthew Elliott's sensational departure yesterday after just five games of the current campaign.

Elliott's assistant Andrew McFadden has been handed the role for the rest of the season.

It's McFadden's first head coaching position and he'll probably need to get the inconsistent team into the playoffs to have long-term security in the position.

Meanwhile, names keep popping out of the woodwork with Sheens, 63, top of the list, followed by former Dragons coach Nathan Brown.

That will add to the external pressure on McFadden to install a quick-fix at a team that has been so disappointing for the last three seasons.

Sheens' manager Wayne Beavis was open when fronted by Australian media yesterday.

"I will certainly be putting his name forward if the Warriors are seeking candidates," Beavis told the Daily Telegraph.

"Tim would be an ideal candidate and would bring experience and solidarity. He is the current Australian coach and a four-time premiership-winning coach."

It's ironic that Sheens name has resurfaced after he was strongly tipped to get the position in the wake of Bluey McClennan's sacking in 2012.

Sheens had his own problems, cut short in his contract at Wests Tigers and the Warriors seemed a likely fit.

But, under a tight time-frame to get something in place for the 2013 season, it didn't happen and Elliott got the job.

Sheens has been inactive at NRL level since then but has maintained Australian dominance over New Zealand at test level, including returning the world cup to the Aussie trophy cabinet at last year's tournament in Britain.

He has 669 games to his credit as an NRL coach during stints with Penrith, Canberra, North Queensland and Wests Tigers, including winning four premierships.

He has also coached the New South Wales State of Origin side.

Brown coached the Dragons from 2003 to 2008, winning 80 of 151 games. He has since proven successful in Britain where he has coached Huddersfield and St Helens.

He is keen to return to the NRL.

"Nathan is a career coach who has proven himself to be a wonderful developmental coach along with being a very good man manager," said George Minis, his manager.

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"At present he is well ensconced at St Helens but, at the appropriate time, clearly it's his goal to re-enter the NRL market."

Australian McFadden quickly made it clear he wants a tougher environment at the Warriors where there is accountability for results and performances.

He says there is no lack of ability at the Warriors but they need a harder edge to succeed in the cut-throat NRL environment.

McFadden has also been named as an assistant coach to the Kiwis, adding pressure to his latest role.

McFadden's appointment continues a worrying trend at the warriors who have had nine coaches since their inception in 1995, a sorry record matched only by Souths.

- Fairfax Media

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