coached by another virtual unknown with no NRL experience in this summer's
test series with Great Britain after "Bluey" received a formal job offer
from the Leeds Rhinos on Friday.
The English Super League club also submitted an official request to the NZRL
to release McClennan from the last two years of his contract as Kiwis coach,
the Sunday Star-Times has revealed.
The NZRL will this week release McClennan and tell him he can no longer
coach the national side. They will tell him they are enforcing their
residency rule, which says the Kiwis coach must live in New Zealand.
"I've received notification from Brian that he has received an offer from
Leeds," NZRL chairman Andrew Chalmers told the Star-Times.
"I have also received a call from Gary Hetherington (Leeds chief executive)
saying the same."
The Sunday Star-Times was the first New Zealand media to reveal McClennan's
departure, a story subsequently denied by the Leeds club in English
It is now expected McClennan will resign from the NZRL this week. The league
will immediately ask a committee of former national coaches - Howie Tamati,
Frank Endacott and Graham Lowe - to draw a shortlist of potential
They will be told the replacement must come from the league's "high
performance pathways" and live in New Zealand, ruling out virtually every
Chalmers, who said the league would consider McClennan's position through
the week, refused to speculate further but noted: "Few people had heard of
`Bluey' before he became Kiwi coach and look at what he has achieved."