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Axe swings on Stone, Toovey looms as possible successor

Axe swings on Stone, Toovey looms as possible successor

Outgoing Manly coach Geoff Toovey will join the long list of candidates for the Newcastle job after Rick Stone was reportedly sacked on Monday afternoon.

According to News Corp, former skipper Danny Buderus will take over the Knights' reins for the rest of the season as the club begins its search for a new coach.

The timing may be perfect for Toovey, who will be shown the door by Manly within the next 24 hours.

His name is sure to be linked to the Newcastle post, although it's unsure whether he'd be interested in jumping straight into another head coaching role at a new club.
He may decide to stay on at Manly in a different capacity.

Other candidates for the Knights job include former Dragons mentor Nathan Brown, NSW assistant coach Matt Parish, ex-Brisbane boss Anthony Griffin, Mick Potter, David Furner, Kevin Walters and former Newcastle and Penrith lower grade coach Garth Brennan.

Stone was let go less than a season into a two-year deal after failing to turn around Newcastle's fortunes.

The Knights won their first four games before losing 11 of their next 13.

Saturday night's 52-6 loss to South Sydney sealed Stone's fate.

He has now been sacked twice by the same club within four years.             

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