Steve McNamara tasked with saving Catalans Dragons from relegation

Vincent De Villiers
Junho 20, 2017

Jerome Guisset and Michael Monaghan have been in joint caretaker charge since the club parted company with the long-serving Frayssinous in May.

Former England coach Steve Mcnamara has been appointed as the Head Coach of Super League side Catalans Dragons.

McNamara told the club's website: "I am honoured to be appointed as the Head Coach of the Catalans Dragons".

McNamara became assistant coach to Trent Robinson at Sydney after the 2013 World Cup and he joined the Warriors for the start of the 2017 season.

McNamara played more than 300 top-level games for Great Britain, Hull FC, Bradford, Wakefield and Huddersfield from 1989-2003 before moving into coaching.

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He then moved to Sydney when the Rugby Football League position reverted to being part-time and helped steer England to a series win over the Kiwis in the autumn of 2015.

Mcnamara, who has also coached Bradford, is expected to take charge for Saturdays game against Warrington and is due to arrive in Perpignan on Wednesday. "I can't thank the Warriors enough for their understanding and enabling me to take up this job as soon as possible".

Catalan chairman Bernard Guasch said: "The signing of Steve McNamara is a great news for our club". "My wish was to find an English coach, recognised and respected in his country and in this competition and the choice of Steve, the former England coach, was the best in my opinion".

NZRL would like to thank Steve for his contribution, and realises that a head coaching role and an opportunity to be closer to his family who are based in the United Kingdom is too good an opportunity to turn down.

"I'm highly supportive and hope he does well whatever he does".

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