Talking sport with John Yates

Nathan Brown answers questions about his impending departure
Nathan Brown answers questions about his impending departure

Only chairman Eamonn McManus and his key personnel at Langtree Park can answer the million dollar question which is on the lips of all

Saints’ fans: Who is in the running to take over the coaching reins from Nathan Brown?.

I don’t know whether the club already have irons in the fire but when they allowed Brown to speak to Wests Tigers about returning to the NRL recently - a post which was eventually filled by former South Sydney boss Jason Taylor - it was a clear indication that he would be heading for pastures new sooner rather than later.

Names to take over as head coach at Langtree Park have been tossed about like confetti at a wedding since the news broke last Friday that the Aussie was heading home due to family reasons.

Former Saints legend Keiron Cunningham - currently Brown’s no.2 and previously acting head coach along side chief executive Mike Rush

following the departure of Royce Simmons in March 2012 - is the early favourite to take over the hot seat.

But there are one or two other big names being bandied about, including ex-boss Daniel Anderson who achieved unprecedented success at Knowsley Road from 2005 to 2008.

Vastly experienced Australian international boss Tim Sheens has also been linked with the post and maybe one-time Saints’ icon Mal Meninga could be lured back to a town where in a one-season stay he achieved legendary status.

The news of Brown’s sudden departure, revealed eight days before the Grand Final, came as a bolt from the blue to many fans who refused to believe it until the club issued a statement confirming it was true.

The Red Vee web site was also inundated with comment which suggested the timing was crazy while others expressed the view that it could either work as motivation or could be a downer on everything.

But Sean Day observed: “I don’t think the timing is too much of an issue ... one last push and all that.”

g A final reminder to Saints’ fans that if wish to cheer on their favourites at Old Trafford on Saturday they will need to snap up their tickets at Langtree Park by 5pm today (Wednesday).

Tickets are available at £60, £50, £40 and £20.

Saints fans will also occupy the famous Stretford End.