NSW selectors Bob McCarthy and Laurie Daley ready to quit

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New South Wales selectors Bob McCarthy and Laurie Daley ready to quit

By David Beniuk
June 17, 2010

At least two of New South Wales' four State of Origin selectors are prepared to fall on their swords in the wake of the Blues' unprecedented fifth-straight series loss.

Chairman Bob McCarthy and Country Origin coach Laurie Daley say they are ready to quit their posts if the sweeping review announced by NSWRL boss Geoff Carr recommends they do so.

The Blues selection panel of McCarthy, Daley, Bob Fulton and Geoff Gerard have come under fire for NSW finding itself in Origin oblivion, with a massive player turnover in the past five years.

"We do this solely for the love of the game, we don't get any money so we're getting kicked in the teeth for nothing," McCarthy said.

"We do it a bit tough, we do it like the players and everyone else who is associated with it because we want to see NSW do well.

"But, by the same token, if they want to get rid of us I'm quite prepared to step down.

"It's an honorary job and if someone else wants to take my spot they can take it."

McCarthy has been on representative football selection panels since 1994.

Asked if he would step down, he said: "I don't know, I'm getting a bit long in the tooth … we'll just take each case on its merits."

Daley said he wasn't feeling pressured but was happy to move on.

"If I'm no longer asked to do that role, I'm happy to stand aside," he said.

" ... If they don't think we're doing it properly I think you give someone else a go.

"You're disappointed, you get upset but it's not pressure.

"Pressure's when you're in life-and-death situations."

Regardless of whether the panel survives 2010, they will pick a team for game three this season.

Whether they stick with the experienced campaigners who have lost the series or start from scratch with a young team featuring the likes of Jamal Idris, Josh Dugan and Todd Carney will be hotly debated.

"Whenever we drop anyone the media are the first to jump on our backs so now you want us to drop people, you can't have both slices of the cake," McCarthy said.

"I don't know whether we can improve that side.

"It might be a different game in Sydney, they might relax a little bit and we can come home over the top like we did last year but let's think about it before everyone starts jumping to conclusions.

"Let's see what's there after the dust has settled."
 
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Of course that side can be improved, the centres, at least one wing position, five eigth, hooker, the backrow, a couple of the bench spots for starters…
 

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"We do it a bit tough, we do it like the players and everyone else who is associated with it because we want to see NSW do well.

what a disgraceful thing to say. Anybody can select the NSW team ask the players whats harder.
 

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@wt4lyf said:
about time!!!

IMO a whole new backline:
1\. Hayne
**2\. Idris**
3\. Tahu
**4\. Champion
5\. Merrit**
6\. Soward
7\. Pearce

Idris? Come on. Laziest most over rated player in the NRL.

Champion? You seriously reckon he's above Lawrence. PUH-LEASE
 
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@wt4lyf said:
about time!!!

IMO a whole new backline:
1\. Hayne
2\. Idris
3\. Tahu
4\. Champion
5\. Merrit
6\. Soward
7\. Pearce

Idris is no winger and shouldn't be in the side, not this year anyway.
 

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@alex said:
@wt4lyf said:
about time!!!

IMO a whole new backline:
1\. Hayne
**2\. Idris**
3\. Tahu
**4\. Champion
5\. Merrit**
6\. Soward
7\. Pearce

Idris? Come on. Laziest most over rated player in the NRL.

Champion? You seriously reckon he's above Lawrence. PUH-LEASE

i would love to see lawrence in there but i think champion has just got the cut above him atm
and merrit should have been in there a veryy very long time ago!!!!!!
idris still may need a little imprvement
BUT SRSLY what have we gt to lose? better we try sumthing new.. then watch nsw get pumped again
if they won with that team there wouldnt be any wining, everyone would be saying keep the team

GALLOWAY IN FOR WEYMAN!! as well lol
 

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all I can say is good! especially considering this line…..

//"I don't know whether we can improve that side.//

he has no idea...
 

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@wt4lyf said:
about time!!!

IMO a whole new backline:
1\. Hayne
2\. Idris
3\. Tahu
4\. Champion
5\. Merrit
6\. Soward
7\. Pearce

No disrespect but you have no idea.
 

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@smeghead said:
So The King Numpty Bob Fulton has offered nothing?

Nice

And no doubt Fulton'll be a protected species on 2GB this weekend. Hadley will jump to his defence and shout down anyone who will want to suggest he needs to throw it in as a selector.
 

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Who gives a rats what he did on the field when he couldn't select a side that would win a game of cards let alone an Origin game
 

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@Alf Duguid said:
Bob Fulton is an immortal. People here need to show some respect

Andrew Johns is the Best Half of the Century. Should we show him some respect? Fulton is a Legend of the game but should no longer be a part of the selection process for the blues IMO. They should all move on and give others a chance and bring some fresh ideas to the table.
 

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Agree Snowy and seriously get rid of all this FOGS crap from the NSW camp.

It is a tradition for Queenslanders and has adapted over time. We are throwing dinosaurs back in who simply can do nothing more for the players than sink piss and tell stories.
 
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@smeghead said:
Who gives a rats what he did on the field when he couldn't select a side that would win a game of cards let alone an Origin game

Given his current track record with selections he'd have trouble picking his nose.
 

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I agree that they should all move all as their selections are somewhat baffling but the name calling (i.e King Numpty etc) is nothing more then childish

Why don't people ring Bozo tomorrow on 2GB and tell him what they think. Oh thats right, I'd rather hide behind this keyboard
 
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