Oh No! The next possible NSW coach is our worst nightmare



Origin greats blast penny-pinching NSW
June 17, 2010 - 6:04PM


Head of the NSW FOGS (Former Origin Greats) Max Krilich has accused the NSW rugby league of penny pinching in the wake of the Blues' fifth consecutive series loss to Queensland.

Krilich said the Maroons' five-peat has proven they're miles ahead of NSW not only with their playing talent, but with their coaching and organisational structure as well.

The FOGS boss said the NSW rugby league has favoured money saving methods over winning, and called on the Blues to appoint an independent coach who isn't tied down by club duties.

While adamant that Wednesday's thrashing was not Craig Bellamy's fault, Krilich believes Laurie Daley is the man to bring NSW up to speed with Queensland's professionalism.

"They're worried about the money all the time, not about winning and it basically comes back to that. They don't want to spend the money," Krilich said.

"They need to have a fulltime coach for a starter. I'm so dead set against club coaches. I think Bellamy is probably the best coach in the league but he can't put all his time and efforts into it.

"Mal Meninga is doing a fantastic job for Queensland.

"The other night I saw Bellamy at the Melbourne game, now please. That's not his fault, it's what they've asked him to do, but as far as I'm concerned there should be no one who is coaching club sides.

"Laurie Daley would be an excellent choice."

Krilich said the NSWRL's reluctance to kick-start the FOGS was further evidence of the organisation's constraint on resources.

NSWRL chief executive Geoff Carr has called for a sweeping review of the Origin set up, but Krilich believes it should have already happened.

"I'd have to think that's where we're a long way behind," he said.

"Geoff Carr and the NSW administration didn't want the NSW FOGS involved, and we only just got involved.

"But the Qld FOGS have been involved for 10 or 12 years so that's how far behind we are for a starter. It comes back to penny pinching basically."

Ricky Stuart, Phil Gould and Daley have emerged as potential coaching targets who aren't tied up with club duties.

"At this stage I'm happy doing what I'm doing," said Daley.

"It's a job that you'd have to be asked to do, I think anyone would love to do it but I don't think it's up to me to go selling my credentials or anyone else's.

"It's a matter of the board deciding whether Craig wants to do it or not and if he doesn't I'm sure there will be other people that they would have in mind."

If the NSWRL decide to stick with a club coach, former Origin players Des Hasler from Manly and John Cartwright from Gold Coast loom as likely options.

"I won't even discuss it. I don't want the role," Cartwright said.

"It's not something you go around wanting. If they ask you to do it you would consider it."

Bellamy could be sacked before game three, however Blues players say they want him to stay in charge.

"Definitely, for sure 100 per cent … he's shown in the past what he can do for Melbourne, and I'll be sticking by him, he's a great coach," said centre Matt Cooper.

Second rower Ben Creagh admitted Bellamy looked drained after fulltime on Wednesday but backed him to bounce back.

"It's not his fault," Creagh lamented.

"He's had a lot gone on with him and I think he was pretty drained and gutted last night."


If Daley is ever appointed coach, NSW may as well wave the white flag before kick off.


New member
Jul 13, 2009
It is entertaining to sit back and watch the NSWRL implode. Let the blame game begin.


Well-known member
Sep 10, 2009
if those three are the choices bring in phil gould, he loves the tigers, keith galloway will be in the team every year, he rates robbie fairly high.

just anyone but laurie daley, the guys an idiot!


New member
Feb 4, 2010
the only coach to drag us out of this hole is gould….. though i wouldnt be opposed to brian smith being the coach but not daley the team will be full of non attacking players like ennis beau scott and others

our back 5 have to consist of atleast 4 of the 5 i will name

b morris
Josh morris

let them play game 3 and build on next year... qld will score atleast 24 points a game we have to counter that with our own fire power, no more cooper tahu scott monaghan they have all been tried and failed give these young blokes a chance to do what slater inglis falou boyd have done for QLD over the last 5 years


New member
Jul 14, 2009
Ricky Stuart for me. Last NSW coach to win an origin series. Been there before as a player. Has a passion for the jersey (nobody can deny him of this, no matter how much you hate the guy). Will have no club affiliations.
Mar 12, 2010
Wayne Pearce actually had a great record that was just ever so slightly inferior to Gus Gould's, Gould is put up on a pedestal but Junior was the coach when NSW inflicted Qld's worst ever loss.
Poor old Junior could never live down the fact that he wasn't a drinker and his idea of team bonding was to take the players on a horse riding jaunt, how many people know how to ride a horse these days, obviously not Brad Clyde and Robbie Kearns.


New member
Aug 3, 2009
PHIL GOULD… the guy has passion for the group and for NSW,... or bring back tommy... first play CATTLEDOG :stuck_out_tongue:


New member
Jul 19, 2009
I'd be happy with John Cartwright actually, think he'd do a great job.

Hey, if Fatty Vautin can coach a team to a series win, I'm sure passion is all you need.


Well-known member
Jul 12, 2009

so they don't want the blues to win right?

Junior did an ok job coaching the blues, 9 games with 5 wins, 1 series draw, 1 series win (all 3 games) and 1 loss

I can't see Gus taking up the job, he keeps getting asked, but knocks it back.