McDermott hails mentor Smith

Rhinos coach looking forward to getting one over mentor

Last Updated: 24/08/12 10:39am

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Brian McDermott: Rhinos coach hoping to get one over mentor

Brian McDermott: Rhinos coach hoping to get one over mentor

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Leeds boss Brian McDermott cannot wait to go head-to-head with his old mentor Tony Smith in Saturday's Challenge Cup final.

Smith spent three years as head coach of the Headingley club guiding the West Yorkshire side to two Grand Final triumphs.

McDermott was assistant to Smith at Leeds until 2006, and he says the Warrington boss is the "greatest ever overseas coach".

"Not only has he made those teams successful but he has changed the entire culture of those organisations for the better and left a lasting legacy when he has moved on."
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"I think Tony Smith is the greatest overseas coach we have ever had in this country," McDermott said.

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"You only need to look at his record at Huddersfield, Leeds and Warrington to see that.

"Not only has he made those teams successful but he has changed the entire culture of those organisations for the better and left a lasting legacy when he has moved on.

"I have a great deal of admiration for Tony and have always gone on record to say how much I learnt from working alongside him.

"We face a very tough Warrington side on Saturday, not just because of the talents they possess as individuals but because those individuals are coached by Tony Smith."

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