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McClennan quits as Rhinos coach

26/10/2010 12:07:18 AM Comments (0)

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McClennan resigned as the club's Super League coach on Monday after two years in charge.

The 48-year-old New Zealander stepped down after a trophy-less season at Headingley and will be replaced by Brian McDermott.

McClennan had signed a new one-year contract in May but suffered disappointment this year after finishing without any silverware.

The New Zealander said he had decided to leave a year ahead of schedule to allow McDermott to take over as quickly as possible under a long-standing agreement.

"I think the time is right to hand over the reins now rather than later," McClennan said. "I just feel if I continued it would be for selfish reasons only. Brian is ready now and will do a great job.

"I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the wonderful players and staff who have been terrific these past three years. The fans have been great too."

McClennan guided Leeds to consecutive titles in his first two seasons before reaching the final of the Challenge Cup this season where they were beaten by Warrington.

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