22 Nov 2010

Knights can't afford Andrew Johns anymore

10:40 am on 22 November 2010

The CEO of the Newcastle Knights says the National Rugby League club cannot afford to keep Andrew Johns in his current coaching role next season.

Johns' management doubled his fee after the former playmaker was offered a lucrative deal with the new rugby union franchise the Melbourne Rebels.

The Knights are still hopeful Johns will play a role with the club, but would instead be paid on a per visit basis.