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Former Giants coach takes Newcastle Knights role

Former Huddersfield and St Helens boss Nathan Brown has been confirmed as the new coach of Newcastle Knights.

Brown, 42, who cut short his stay with Saints after guiding them to Grand Final glory last October, has signed a three-year contract with the Knights.

Former Huddersfield Giants coach, Nathan Brown, has taken over at Newcastle Knights Credit: Press Association

He takes over from interim coach Danny Buderus, the former Leeds hooker who replaced Rick Stone in mid-season and will become part of Brown's backroom team.

Brown, who will relocate from Sydney to Newcastle with his family, believes his extensive experience as a head coach and his ability to bring the best out of developing players are some of the strengths he will bring to the role.

Brown began his coaching career at St George Illawarra in 2003 after playing 172 games for the club, and he moved to England in 2009.

He was Super League's coach of the year in 2009 after guiding Huddersfield to the Challenge Cup final and moved to St Helens in 2013.

Brown has spent this year working as a coaching consultant for Melbourne Storm.

Huddersfield part company with head coach

Huddersfield have parted company with head coach Nathan Brown, just 24 hours after their Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final defeat by Warrington. The 38-year-old Brown was due to leave the Giants at the end of the season, to take up a three-year contract with St Helens.

But Huddersfield have brought his departure forward after a slump that saw them win just one of their last eight matches and plummeted from the top of Super League to seventh. Brown's assistant Paul Anderson, will take over immediately and prepare the side for Sunday's home game against Wakefield.

"Clearly all can see that we have not performed to a level that we are confident this squad is capable of and as a consequence we have today agreed that Nathan will leave the club and Paul will move forward as head coach."

– Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis


Giants sack head coach

Nathan Brown Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Nathan Brown has been sacked by the Huddersfield Giants - less than 24 hours after the club lost its Challenge Cup semi-final to Warrington.

He'll be replaced by his assistant Paul Anderson.

Brown was leaving anyway at the end of the season to take over at St Helens, but after yesterday's 33-6 defeat he told reporters he was hoping to see out the rest of the campaign at the Galpharm.

The Giants were top of Super League when his move to St Helens was confirmed, but since then they've lost eight of their last nine league games and have plummeted to seventh in the table.

A heavy defeat at Castleford the previous weekend was especially damaging, with Brown accusing some of his players of not trying.