Michael Hagan: Give Laurie Daley the Origin job

Sportal August 6, 2012, 11:47 am

A lot has been written and said about who should coach NSW next season with Ricky Stuart having now stood down.

Laurie Daley, Jim Dymock, Trent Barrett, Brad Fittler and Phil Gould have all been touted as the man to try and end Queensland's seven-year domination.

I think it is time NSW looked outside the square and nominated a coach and coaching director.

With that in mind, I would opt for Daley as coach and Gould as coaching director.

Daley is ready for the job. He has coached Country for the past five years and played 23 times for the Blues.

His passion and commitment to NSW cannot be questioned.

Given he has no NRL coaching experience though, maybe Gould should be appointed NSW coaching director.

It would be a formidable team.

Gus has previously coached the Blues for eight series and won premierships at Canterbury and Penrith.

He is easily the most successful of the candidates when it comes to coaching experience.

Don't get me wrong, I think all the contenders have strong claims.

Fittler coached the Sydney Roosters at NRL level while Barrett and Dymock were assistants to Stuart over the past two years.

But I like the look of a Daley-Gould partnership.

There would certainly be plenty of theatre with Gould there. He knows Origin and he knows how to win at Origin level.

Personally I reckon Stuart made the right choice to move aside. Coaching NSW and a club side is near impossible.

I am also sure Parramatta fans will be relieved that Ricky is now pouring every bit of energy into the Eels - and not leaving the club for six weeks mid-season.

With that in mind, I also think the ARL Commission should consider a Kangaroos coach without any club affiliation.

I am not having a shot at Tim Sheens here - he has been a great coach over many years.

But there is always innuendo and speculation over selections when a club coach is in charge of a representative side.

Some might suggest Gould has a club side in Penrith but he isn't the coach so there wouldn't any conflict of interest.

Either way the NSW job will be difficult given Queensland's dominance.

Stuart certainly brought back some lost passion into NSW as a state.

Gould has the personality and coaching skill to push Queensland right to the brink.

He can annoy some fans, particularly those in Queensland, but even that get the Origin juices flowing.

Laurie Daley and Phil Gould together - I reckon it is the ideal combination for NSW.

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  1. M08:23pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Oh God no! Anyone but Daley. NSW need a coach who actually has some brains!

  2. damien m06:28pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hagan you have just proved that you are out of touch.Daley was a Great player BUT as aCommentator and Coach he is an IMPOSTER....

  3. simo06:26pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Perhaps they should approach Mal Meninga!

  4. Brian06:13pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hey Jay, you have no idea! The Blues have lost 7 in a row. In some of those matches no Dragons were selected. In 2010 the Dragons won the Premiership. No choking. There are a lot of teams out there with worse records. Blame the selectors for picking Pearce and Carney. Those two are the chokers.

  5. Robert05:46pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It's a shame Peter Sterling couldn't come out and put his hand up he would do a fantastic job as he would be well respected by all the players and staff. Jim Dimmock would be my second pick.

  6. thebull1004:49pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hagen what have you been drinking or smoking to come up with that rubbish. Daley was a origin selector and could not do that job. Gould thinks he knows everything and the rest of the people know nothing. Fittler cannot put a sentence together, he got the punt from the roosters, Hagen you can do better than that..

  7. Paul04:43pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    How about 2 coaches. I would like to see Trent Barrett and Brad Fitler as the coaches.

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  8. jay04:30pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    daley is rubbush rubbish rubbish the reason we are here is because of daley he was a nsw selector always picking the dragons players that always choked sorry he is not fit to be a coach .... if he does coach then i promose you we will never win a game again

  9. ron04:18pm Monday 06th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    if players are picked for australia and n s w ales why do they need coaching they should know how to play .all they need is a motovator . you only get coached when you are a school kid .why not a player captain coach . surely they are not that dumb is it a job for the boys.