WIZ: It just has to be Bellamy for the Warriors in 2013
Coach Craig Bellamy. AAP Image/Dean Lewins
It’s a cruel world, coaching in the NRL. New Zealand Warriors coach, Brian McClennan, had success at international level and overseas, but the NRL is a very different beast.
The scenario is pretty clear: coach takes on the team that makes Grand Final; they didn’t make the finals this year; coach gets the chop.
The performances week in week out for the Warriors were poor. And, worse, they looked unfit, often going ok for the opening 20 or 30 minutes of a half, before you’d see a few blokes down on their haunches.
So there were big issues with fitness. Often when a new coach comes in, the players test him. At the Warriors, it was pretty evident that the players needed to train a bit harder.
So who are the club targeting to replace Bluey?
Well, all the conjecture is correct: it has to be Bellamy.
And don’t believe that contracts mean anything. If he really wants to get out of his last year at the Storm, they will let him go – albeit reluctantly.
The bigger question is, does Bellamy want to leave what he has created in Melbourne: all the success that he’s had, the team culture he’s established.
Wayne Scurrah will certainly hope so.
With his intensity and insistence on perfection in everything his players do, Bellamy would be the ideal coach for the Warriors. I can you from experience, to get the best out of New Zealand players, you need a coach with experience, you need leadership, and you need someone who can take total control.
You have to say, this is what I want and this is how it will be done. Be direct: it’s my way or the highway. That the attitude that Bellamy is famous for.
Steve Kearney has gone back there to New Zealand, but does he deserve the opportunity to coach the Warriors after getting sacked from the Eels? I would think not.
No, the Warriors just have to throw all their eggs in the Bellamy basket and then work backwards from there.
Gary 'Wiz' Freeman is one of the great halfbacks in New Zealand rugby league history. Now an outspoken and popular media personality, he joined The Roar in 2012 as an expert rugby league columnist, and continues in 2013.
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