PNG Rugby Football League deputy chairman Sandis Tsaka stressed yesterday at the official announcement of Marum’s appointment as head coach that he would “have complete charge” of the PNG franchise.
Tsaka, who is set to take over as PNGRFL Board chairman early next year when Don Fox steps aside, had to make the clarification to dispel any misconceptions that Marum would be getting orders from other people outside of the franchise.
He said that Marum would call the shots, sending a clear message that even those involved as backroom staff, whether they are hired from overseas, would also have to tow the line and respect Marum’s judgement on coaching matters.
Marum, who has been engaged on a three-year contract, said that while “it was big challenge for me” he would do his best to deliver.
PNGRFL acting chief executive officer Brad Tassell said that Marum was the right man for the job.
“This is a momentous announcement,” he said at the announcement at Holiday Inn in Port Moresby.
“Michael (Marum) is without doubt the right man to get the best out of the players. He also has a very strong support network around him to ensure he is given the best possible chance to be successful, which I have no doubt, he will be.”
Marum, 40 started coaching since 2001, guiding to Gurias to Digicel Cup premierships, and served as assistant coach to Adrian Lam to two World Cups – 2008 in Australia and the recently ended one in England.
His first task as coach starts with a pre-season game against Cairns-based Northern Pride on February 9.
A game against Wigan Warriors in Kokopo on February 15 before the Super League champions take on Sydney Roosters in the World Cup challenge on February 22 is on the cards.
Preparations will be finalized with the PNG club’s fund-raising season launch at Dynasty Restaurant penciled in for Saturday February 22. The National