Jason Ryles removed himself from the race for the Newcastle job on Friday morning, leaving O’Brien at the head of a one-man race for the prized gig.
While Robinson wouldn’t discuss what he thought of the list Brown leaves behind, he did reveal
We’re a really solid staff and everybody has an impact on the way we do things.
O’Brien had been upfront and told the Roosters coach he wants the job.
“He’s interested in it and I will support him in that,” Robinson said.
“He’s a high-quality coach. That’s why I got him up here, and he has proven his credentials enough over time.
“It’s up to Newcastle to decide that and for him to prove that.”
O’Brien has taken charge of the Roosters attack since arriving from the school of Craig Bellamy at the Storm, and the impact has been profound.
“He’s the attacking coach along with Matt King. With every staff member, this is what happens. People start pulling apart about who’s done what,” Robinson said.
“We’re a really solid staff and everybody has an impact on the way we do things. Adam, Matt, Fitzy and all our performance staff and physios: they’re good, they’re very good.”
Robinson said O’Brien would remain a part of the Roosters staff until the end of this season, rubbishing rumours he may be sacked before that if he gets the Newcastle job.
Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.