Huddersfield Giants' Nathan Brown backing for Paul 'Baloo' Anderson
NATHAN BROWN wouldn’t stand in the way of Super League rivals Bradford Bulls if they approached Giants No2 Paul Anderson to be their new head coach.
But the Giants chief has made it clear he hopes that doesn’t happen.
The Bulls have already begun the search for a replacement for current boss Steve McNamara, who was yesterday unveiled as the new England head coach.
Former Giants captain McNamara will continue to take charge of the Bulls until the end of the season, as well as take charge of the national side for the mid-season Test against France.
But Bradford are keen to name his 2011 successor sooner rather than later, with former Bulls players Anderson, Harlequins coach Brian McDermott and ex-Warrington chief James Lowes having all been linked with the Odsal post.
The fact Anderson twice won the Challenge Cup and Super League title with the Bulls during a glittering eight-year career between 1997-2005 made him a natural to be linked.
However, Brown is hoping the Giants’ West Yorkshire rivals look elsewhere for a new main man.
“Obviously, whether Bradford want to approach Baloo (Anderson) is nothing to do with me, and I don’t know what their plans are,” said Brown, who is in a position to name an unchanged side for Sunday’s Super League trip to face the ever-improving Crusaders in Wrexham.
“But if they did want to speak to him, I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way.
“To be honest, I don’t even know at this stage if Baloo would be interested or not in the position.
“What I do know is that he would do a very, very good job for them.
“He does an excellent job for the Giants and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t go on and be successful in the role of a head coach. If it was up to me, I wouldn’t want to lose him.”