This topic pops up from time to time, but I’ve gotta say my opinion has changed this year.
I was of the strong belief after watching footy for 30+ years that coaches need the cattle and that the cattle is more important. In other words most coaches will struggle with an average squad of players.
Would Bellamy have the winning record without the likes of Smith, Slater, Cronk?
Would Brisbane have been so dominant without the star players they’ve had, etc?
Well this year with Ivan and the Tigers squad, I’ve flipped. Not to degrade our players, but on paper the sqaud doesn’t look flash, hence the bottom of the ladder prediction by most. Yet here we are, 5-1. Sure we’ve had a turn over of players but I’m not sure that any other coach would have them playing so well.
So my renewed opinion is that you need a good coach at least as much as you need good players.
Anyone else in the same boat as me?