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Five NRL coaches on shaky ground

Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 10, 2014.

By Jethro on Feb 10, 2014 at 1:40 AM
  1. Jethro

    Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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    WHO would want to be an NRL coach in 2014?

    Imagine going to the bank to apply for a home loan when you can’t even guarantee you’ll still be employed six weeks into the competition.

    That’s [​IMG]how much pressure they are under these days.

    With the season about to start, there are five coaches preparing to kick-off NRL campaigns knowing their jobs are on the line.

    Steve Price at the Dragons, Mick Potter at the Tigers, Matthew Elliott at the Warriors, John Cartwright at the Titans and Anthony Griffin at the Broncos are all under the pump.

    This is no exaggeration. Look at the last three seasons where an average three coaches have been punted every year. Nine in three years.

    In 2011 it was Ivan Henjak at the Broncos, Kevin Moore at the Bulldogs and Matt Elliott at the Panthers. None of them even lasted until the final round.

    The following years it was Brian McLennan at the Warriors, Brian Smith at the Roosters, Stephen Kearney at Parramatta and Tim Sheens at the Tigers.

    The fact they all had contracts meant absolutely nothing.

    At least most get their contracts paid out or negotiated a decent settlement. Not Sheens.

    He’s a few weeks off going to court to try to get his final 12 month’s pay from the Wests Tigers after payments were cut off last year.

    Up until last season, the Canberra Raiders had never sacked a first grade coach until Dave Furner was shown the door.

    At the Cowboys, Neil Henry got a 12-month contract extension – and then the sack six weeks later.

    This is despite the fact they stormed home and made the semi-finals. It shows that even recent success doesn’t guarantee anything.

    Look at poor Daniel Anderson at Parramatta in 2010, dumped just 12 months after steering the Eels into the grand final.

    Most of the sackings become career-enders. Of the nine punted in the last three years, only Elliott still has an NRL head coaching job.

    A few are still involved in the game in less stressful positions, the others are just doing their best.

    I won’t name him but one is struggling from severe financial hardship and can’t meet repayments on investments.

    In this industry, failure is always the coach’s fault, never the players, the board, or the chief executive.

    If St George-Illawarra lose five of their first six games, Steve Price will go, not Peter Doust.

    It’s his third season since replacing Wayne Bennett and he has only a 37.5 percent win record.

    It doesn’t matter that it was actually Doust’s and the board’s call to put him in the job. No, it’s all the coach’s fault.

    Of all the coaches this season, Price and the Wests Tigers’ Mick Potter are under the most pressure on the eve of the kick-off.

    Potter was actually gone last year and only a late change of heart saved him as they were preparing his redundancy.

    Again, it doesn’t matter that he inherited his roster from the old coach and the old management, who inexplicably let Andrew Fifita, Beau Ryan, Chris Heighington and co.

    No it’s Potter’s fault. Surely this new board will at least give him time to work with one of the best young rosters in the competition. But it’s unlikely.

    On the Gold Coast John Cartwright is in a similar position. Probably even shakier because CEO Graham Annesley has a ready-made replacement in Neil Henry already there.

    At the other end of the scale, only four coaches could be considered 100 percent safe and secure.

    Des Hasler and Michael McGuire (both signed contract extensions last week), Trent Robinson at the Roosters and Craig Bellamy at Storm.

    They at least have enough recent runs on the board to afford short-term failure.


    Phil Rothfield
    The Daily Telegraph

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/monday-buzz-five-nrl-coaches-facing-early-axe-in-2014-if-results-dont-go-their-way/story-fni3fh9n-1226821931507
     

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Discussion in 'News' started by Jethro, Feb 10, 2014.

    1. Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      WHO would want to be an NRL coach in 2014?

      Imagine going to the bank to apply for a home loan when you can’t even guarantee you’ll still be employed six weeks into the competition.

      That’s how much pressure they are under these days.

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    2. AshfieldBazza

      AshfieldBazza Active Member

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      So Phil thinks there's a chance 2V will get the punt this year? He wasn't in his list of the 4 safe coaches
       
    3. Daddycool08

      Daddycool08 Well-Known Member

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      I think 2V would be safe.

      However, I am surprised that Hasler received a contract extension.
       
    4. HappilyManly

      HappilyManly MWTS Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      From your lips to God's ear :exclamation:
       
    5. Jono

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      As said before, what about Tooves? Slip your mind there Phil, or do you still think that Souths or Cronulla made the GF last year?
       
    6. globaleagle

      globaleagle Deux bourbons s'il vous plait Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      I see/agree with your point but "fill" would just say that at the time of writing 2v hadn't sign an extension yet so glug glug sharks rule glug burp repeat.
       
    7. Lord Eagleton

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      The Warriors just got flogged by Cronulla 37 - 6. Their only points were in the 79th minute. A couple more performances like that and coach Elliot gorrrrn, you would think
       
    8. HappilyManly

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      Madge and Trent are taking full advantage of Phil's 'short term failure' card :D

      The Cowboy's coach seems to have continued his predecessor's great work too :cool:

      Elliot has to be flicked, but the Warriors are crazy enough to offer it to Kearney :s
       
    9. Peter C

      Peter C Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      You would think Matt Elliot would walk after today's performance.
       
    10. bob dylan

      bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Lol
      They can't call Peter Sharp a coach.
       
    11. Chip and Chase

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      Seems Elliot is goooorn. Reports that he will be speared by the end of the week,
       
    12. Eagles2nv

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      Yeah, i can't see the warriors keeping him.

      On paper they have been a really good side, there not delivering.
       
    13. Lord Eagleton

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      Kearney. As in Stephen Kearney who had that stint coaching Parra? Umm
       

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