Chris Hyde and Shaun Daly to co-coach Albury Tigers

BACK IN THE HOT SEAT: Tiger champion Chris Hyde will return to the Albury co-coaching role next season.

BACK IN THE HOT SEAT: Tiger champion Chris Hyde will return to the Albury co-coaching role next season.

CHRIS Hyde and Shaun Daly will co-coach Albury next season.

Hyde will return to the role he held alongside Daniel Maher for three seasons from 2013-15, replacing Joel Mackie, who steps down after one season in charge at Tigerland.

For Daly, who has impressed everyone at the Albury Sportsground since returning to the region from Queensland at the end of 2015, Hyde will be his third off-sider in three seasons after starting with Maher before teaming up with Mackie this year.

Tiger players were told of the coaching change before training on Thursday night.

Mackie, who said he will remain at Albury as a player next season, said it had been an honour to lead the Tigers this season but increasing work commitments meant the time was right to step aside.

“It’s a massive job and my work commitments have increased,” Mackie said.

“I didn’t want to see ‘Shauny’ having to do it all by himself.

“It’s great that ‘Hydey’ can get back into it.

“It’s good to get it out of the way now so that we can focus on finishing the year off strongly.”

Albury, which sits three games and percentage clear on top of the Ovens and Murray ladder, is a hot favourite to claim its seventh flag in nine seasons.

The Tigers play Lavington, who they’ve defeated in the past two grand finals, on Saturday.

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