NRL 2020: New Zealand Warriors head coach, Todd Payten, Paul Green, North Queensland Cowboys coach, Kevin Walters, Anthony Griffin
The Cowboys and Warriors are on the hunt for their new head coach and things are heating up with both clubs honing in on their ideal men.
While the Warriors’ list has shortened since the Walker brothers were ruled out of the race, the Cowboys have reportedly got seven capable men to choose from.
The Courier Mail’s Pete Badel revealed the Cowboys will start the process of finding a replacement for Paul Green when the board meets on Friday.
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“Things are about to ramp up, there’s a Cowboys board meeting on Friday and the board will have a deliberation not so much about who coaches the Cowboys but they’ll decide either to headhunt the coach or they can decide on an interview process,” Badel told NRL 360.
“I’m told it will be the latter, they will go down the interview format that they undertook in 2014 when Paul Green was appointed.”
While interim coach Josh Hannay will be given every chance to push his cause for the job for the remainder of the season, Badel says Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters headlines a list of seven candidates.
On the list is former Panthers and Broncos coach Anthony Griffin, but he is an unlikely option, as is supercoach Wayne Bennett who’s been linked to the job.
“I’m told that there’s seven applicants at the moment in for the job,” Badel said.
“Wayne Bennett’s been linked to the club, I spoke to him today and he said he’s got no interest, he’s at Souths for another year.
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“Some applications have come through from Kevin Walters, there’s been links with Jason Ryles but Anthony Griffin has also put in his resume. I’m told he may be long odds but he has put in his resume, so Kevin Walters, Anthony Griffin, they’ll lead the charge to replace Paul Green at the Cowboys next season.”
Also on the Cowboys’ list is Warriors interim coach Todd Payten who was an assistant at the club in their premiership-winning season in 2015. Payten seems to be hot property with The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie revealing to NRL Tonight that Payten is firming to claim the Warriors’ gig full time.
“The mail I’m getting is that Todd Payten is firming by the day, although Paul Green is now being mentioned as a possible candidate and the irony there is that Todd Payten is also being looked at by the Cowboys,” he said.
“Perhaps it could be a strange situation where Payten goes to Green’s job at the Cowboys and vice versa, Green goes across the Tasman to the Warriors but right now I think Todd Payten is favourite to be named as head coach of the Warriors.”
The Warriors are expected to make a call on their full time replacement for Stephen Kearney. with Payten in the mix for the job, their appointment could have a domino effect on the Cowboys, who are tipped to take a little longer to fill Green’s shoes.