Brian McDermott: Featherstone Rovers appoint former Leeds Rhinos boss as head coach | Rugby League News

Brian McDermott, 51, replaces James Webster who left Featherstone last week by mutual consent after the club missed out on Super League promotion with defeat to Toulouse in the Million Pound Game earlier this month

Last Updated: 25/10/21 10:37am

Brian McDermott most recently coached at Toronto Wolfpack until they left the Super League in 2020

Brian McDermott most recently coached at Toronto Wolfpack until they left the Super League in 2020

Championship club Featherstone Rovers have appointed former Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott as their head coach.

The four-time Grand Final-winning Leeds coach McDermott, 51, replaces James Webster who left last week by mutual consent after opting to focus on his studies and lecturing work at Leeds Beckett University.

Featherstone missed out on a place in the Super League with defeat to Toulouse in the Million Pound Game, their second loss in the promotion decider in the last three years, earlier this month.

Highlights of the Million Pound game as Toulouse Olympique beat Featherstone Rovers to win a place in Super League 2022

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Highlights of the Million Pound game as Toulouse Olympique beat Featherstone Rovers to win a place in Super League 2022

Highlights of the Million Pound game as Toulouse Olympique beat Featherstone Rovers to win a place in Super League 2022

McDermott, who also oversaw Leeds’ 2012 World Club Challenge and two Challenge Cup triumphs during an eight-year stay, most recently coached at Toronto Wolfpack until they pulled out of the Super League in the summer of 2020.

He ended the 2021 season as a consultant with relegated Championship club Oldham.

Speaking of the appointment, Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell said: “I’ve made it really clear in my tenure that I’m committed to giving everything I possibly can to bring Super League status to this club. It is what this club deserves.

“I’ve known and worked with Brian previously and I know he is the right fit to take us to the next level. We have moved quickly to take this opportunity; it is not every day you get the chance to bring a top-class coach like Brian to your club and we are extremely excited about working together moving forward.”

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