Stephen Kearney backs David Kidwell to take over Kiwis coaching duties

Stephen Kearney's decision to take over the reins as the new head coach for the New Zealand Warriors is now the right time, he says.

The CEO was quick to point out Kearney’s record as Kiwis coach, insisting that will help with the Warriors. Source: 1 NEWS

The Warriors confirmed this morning that Kearny will be in charge as the new coach after his commitments with the Brisbane Broncos club.

Brisbane are set to take on the North Queensland Cowboys this Friday in the NRL finals knockout match.

Kearny will step down from his role as the Kiwis national coach, a position he has held since 2008.

Stephen Kearney and David Kidwell during the Kiwis Captains run. Source: Photosport

He strongly believes his assistant for the national New Zealand side, David Kidwell will be the man for the job to take over his Kiwis position.

"I think that David Kidwell who has been working with the group and myself for the last three years, for me he is the logical choice," said Kearney.

"I will certainly be endorsing David, I think he has a wonderful rapport with the boys and he understands the culture that we have worked to build."

Kidwell has been working as an assistant to Kearney for the Kiwis for the last three years.

"For me when I first took on the New Zealand job it was about making that group better. The team is in a pretty good place at the moment."

He is the most successful Kiwis coach leading the national side to one Rugby League World Cup title win in 2008 and helped them take out the 2010 and 2014 Four Nations competitions.