Nottingham panthers coach set to leave to take job in Europe ahead of next season

Nottingham Panthers Head Coach Corey Neilson has confirmed he will be leaving the club after match against the Sheffield Steelers.
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Neilson has told the club that he has accepted a coaching role in Europe ahead of the new season 2023/24. The 46-year-old had spent the past four seasons coaching in some of Europe’s top leagues going on to win DEL2 Coach of the Year in 2018-1 before he joined the Panthers as Head Coach in November 2022.

He has a long history with the club stretching back to 2006 when he won two trophies as a player before adding 12 more titles as a coach and his number 77 shirt hangs in the rafters at Motorppoint Arena.

The Nottingham Panthers were beaten 7 to 4 by the Sheffield Steelers in the third v fourth-placed game at playoff finals weekend.

CEO, Omar Pacha, said: "I'd like to thank Corey for his time with the Panthers. Anytime you change your coach mid-season is difficult and Corey came in during a period of much change. I know he truly loves this club and is so passionate about the Panthers.”

"Corey will always be a Panthers legend - the trophy-winning photos in the dressing room and the retired shirt that hangs from the rafters are a testament to that. On behalf of everyone connected with the Panthers, I would like to wish Corey, Joanne, Cade and Logan all the best for the future."

Fans reacted to the news online amid a busy weekend for Panthers supporters in Nottingham.

One person wrote: “Came in and helped us believe for a second we could achieve something. Thanks for coming back to us at our lowest point. All the best in Germany. A club legend.” Another added: “Never-ending turnover of coaches and players. Sad to see Corey go but good luck. Doubt anything will change for us as a team tho.”

Neilson had previously declared that the ‘call to come back to Nottingham was strong’ and that he was looking forward to the challenge.

He said in a statement at the time: "The call to come back to Nottingham was strong. I am looking forward to the challenge. I have been watching Panthers as a fan from afar for five years now, doing my stuff in different countries and trying to improve myself.

"I saw that Panthers were struggling a little bit and I wanted to be part of that solution. I want things to be better. I love the Nottingham Panthers, I always have - ever since I walked through the door. I think this is a great opportunity to take some positive strides."