Walker brothers, Ben Walker, Shane Walker, co-coaches, NRL coaching jobs, Ipswich Jets, Gold Coast Titans, Wayne Bennett

The Walker brothers have revealed on the Fox League Podcast their pitch to NRL clubs as the former Broncos players seek a head coaching role.

Ben and Shane Walker co-coached the Ipswich Jets after Wayne Bennett advised them to find a club that had never tasted success and deliver it.

The brothers took over the Jets in 2011 just after they’d collected the wooden spoon and in 2015 took the club to its first and only Queensland Cup premiership.

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They’re now chasing an opportunity in the NRL and believe their head coaching experience, opposed to working as an assistant, is invaluable.

“Nobody knows whether they’re going to succeed in the NRL until they get an opportunity so every year there are assistant coaches who are given the role as head coach and nobody knows whether they’re going to be successful,” Ben Walker told the Fox League Podcast.

“We can say with far more certainty that we will be successful, we did nine years as head coach of a club.

“We didn’t have the feeder system, we didn’t have a bunch of NRL players, we had a different group and being the coach of a one-team town in Ipswich gave us far more experience than anyone else.

“So we know with certainty that we’ll be successful, we’ve done it at that level with a very modest backing.”

History-making forms Ipswich co-coaches Jets Ben and Shane Walker.Source: News Regional Media

The Bulldogs, Warriors and Tigers have all sacked their coaches this season while the future of the Titans’ Justin Holbrook is uncertain.

Tim Sheens and Benji Marshall have been appointed at the Tigers in a succession plan, while Penrith assistant Andrew Webster will take over at the Warriors next season.

The Bulldogs are short-priced favorites to sign another Panthers assistant in Cameron Ciraldo.

“The current system is pretty flawed in bringing through assistants, particularly guys that have never coached their own team, have never had to stand in front of a group and really have the furnace on them,” Shane Walker said.

“It’s not until you’ve had to make those decisions. The greatest thing you can do is lose five in a row as a coach because it’s then you find out what you’re made of and you find out a way to work out of those things.

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“Whereas the assistant that has come from Craig Bellamy or Ivan Cleary, those guys, they’re used to winning footy games, they’re not used to losing five in a row and seeing how they work their way out of that.

“The other part of being co-coaches as we were, you’ve got to be everything. We own our own businesses, we run them successfully, we’ve got large teams of employment underneath us so we do that every day.

“I’d say we’re far better qualified to coach than the guy that has played foot all his life, become an assistant coach or affiliate coach and then go on to be a head coach without a lot of life experience.”

The pair developed a reputation at the Jets for playing an attacking brand of football that was high risk, high return.

They discussed further on the podcast which style they would bring to the NRL.

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