Andrew Dunemann had given himself every chance to take over as permanent coach of the Canberra Raiders but missed out to Ricky Stuart. He has now quit the club. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Raiders assistant Andrew Dunemann will quit the NRL club after missing out on the head coaching role to Ricky Stuart.
The Canberra Times understands the Raiders and Dunemann are negotiating a mutual release.
It’s understood the Raiders board was split about whether to appoint Dunemann or Stuart, with the three-time Raiders premiership winner given the nod.
The Raiders players had been campaigning for Dunemann to be given the job full-time after he was thrust into the position as interim coach for the final three games of the season.
But the Raiders board opted for the experience of Stuart, based on the recommendation of club chief executive Don Furner.
There is growing speculation that Stuart will bring in his own assistant staff, including Matt Parish and Dean Pay from Parramatta.
Dunemann will leave the club immediately, agreeing to take a payout.
“I wish the club all the best and thank them for the opportunity given to me by David Furner to come and work with the Raiders,” Dunemann said.
“I owe the club a great debt and I believe the club has plenty of good years in front of them.”
Dunemann has spoken to his manager Jim Banaghan about his position and he will work with him to look for other roles in the NRL.
“I’m working with Jimmy to find a position at another club and hope to continue my coaching career at NRL level,” he said.
“I would not have any hesitation to return to the Raiders one day if given the opportunity.”
“Andrew has done some great things for the club including taking the NYC team to a Grand Final last year and he should be commended for the work he’s done at the end of this season in trying circumstances. We wish him all the best for the future and for a long career as a coach in the NRL,” Raiders chief executive Don Furner said.