I have a question for people more knowledgeable than myself. What's the expectation of an assistant coach exactly? I look at clubs like the Roosters and Melbourne who have credited people such as Adam O'Brien for devising their attacking strategy in premiership winning seasons while I imagine they are also carrying out the transactional work where they execute the training routines according to the main coach. Which brings me to John Cartwright. He has previously been a NRL head coach (without much success after Mat Rogers retired) so seems servicable but doesn't strike me as adding any strategical value to Manlys game besides carrying out the head coaches instructions at training (see our performance under Barrett compared to Hasler, both with him as assistant). Ultimately it's the head coach's responsibility for team performance but should more be expected from him? Or is he NRL standard for an assistant coach?