Bennett is the answer for NSW’s Origin blues

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    Like all New South Wales supporters, I’m absolutely fed up with the pathetic State of Origin results over the past decade. More than anything, a lack of competent coaching and captaincy has been the problem.

    But I have the solution – Wayne Bennett.

    Am I joking or just stupid? Maybe both. But let’s consider a few points.

    Firstly, I have no faith in the current people being considered to coach next year: Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler, Danny Burderus or Phil Gould. We need new blood, someone with no connection to any of the failed group or Channel Nine.

    Wayne Bennett is a perfect alternative. He’s a great coach, probably the greatest, and is a student of the game.

    In the past he has seen fit to coach such enemies as New Zealand and England, for the good of the game, and of course his own legacy. So he wouldn’t be against coaching the Blues.

    Bennett is also his own man, and doesn’t seem to care what the media or the mainstream think. He’s interested in building his legacy, which is why he left Brisbane to coach successfully at St. George.

    He moved on to Newcastle with similar ambitions, and although he was unsuccessful there were extenuating circumstances. Bennett’s still coaching well, and was extremely lucky not to win another premiership when Brisbane lost to the Cowboys.

    To satiate Bennett’s ambition, NSW offers a perfect project. There is no bigger challenge remaining in rugby league. Imagine the hype, excitement, interest and TV rating that would be created if he came on board.

    And in no way would it weaken or discredit a possible NSW victory, just because a Queenslander steered them to glory. Who cares. We just want to win another series and restore some faith and pride in the state and the game itself.

    It’s not good for the game for Queensland to keep on winning. As long-suffering supporters we really need to give it back to the Queenslanders, who continue to gloat and lord it over us.

    Finally, although Bennett is obviously a proud Queenslander, I’m sure for a number of reasons as outlined above he would accept the challenge.

    So please, NSW selectors, have the guts to pose the question.

    The New South Wales State of Origin team for the 2018 series remains a mystery, with new coach Brad Fittler facing plenty of selection headaches. So we want you to tell us - and all your mates - who should start for Blues in Game 1 with our team picker.

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    • July 15th 2017 @ 3:47am
      jeff dustby said | July 15th 2017 @ 3:47am | ! Report

      you can not be serious

    • July 15th 2017 @ 7:13am
      Dan said | July 15th 2017 @ 7:13am | ! Report

      He’d probably have to buy a house in Sydney and move there first. I have little doubt he will be successful. Wayne Bennett get’s very little credit for these current run of QLD dominance, but if you dig deep, you shall find at a very fundamental level he reshaped the landscape after the 56-16 Ă  la grenade humiliation. After guiding a group of young kids to win in 2001 Bennett began the emerging origin camps to prepare young QLDers for Origin. Although I do not believe he will cultivate a NSW culture of dominance he can make them consistent, ruthless and competitive.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 8:29am
      Jimbo said | July 15th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      Nah. I would go with Wally Lewis, or even Cam Smith. I don’t think the idea of a player coach is totally dead yet.

      • July 15th 2017 @ 8:47am
        Albo said | July 15th 2017 @ 8:47am | ! Report

        Just like QLD have had for a decade now !

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          July 15th 2017 @ 10:16am
          steveng said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:16am | ! Report

          You don’t have to be much of a coach for Qld, when NSW are as hopeless as they are!!!!

    • July 15th 2017 @ 8:50am
      PatchMan said | July 15th 2017 @ 8:50am | ! Report

      Bennett said many times before’…He will NEVER coach N.S.W.! So I wouldn’t waste my breath!

      • July 15th 2017 @ 10:11am
        kk said | July 15th 2017 @ 10:11am | ! Report

        Yesterday @ 10:11am I posted a suggestion that he be offered the post with
        a double fee bonus incentive. Wayne has a reputation for his love of the dollar.

        • July 15th 2017 @ 2:09pm
          Art Vanderlay said | July 15th 2017 @ 2:09pm | ! Report

          And he says in the Courier Fail today that he’ll never coach the roaches.

    • July 15th 2017 @ 9:00am
      Albo said | July 15th 2017 @ 9:00am | ! Report

      The NSW team doesn’t need a new coach . It needs some higher quality players to match the standard required to counter the immortals Smith, Thurston, Cronk & Slater who have provided the QLD dominance for the past decade. At this stage NSW have only had normal high quality players, which is just not good enough to match the immortals calibre. Perhaps once the big 3 or 4 finally retire things will become a more even keel. But right now if you don’t have the equivalent cattle, you can’t expect to compete. Just as we saw when “super coach’ Bennett was failing with Newcastle, England & NZ.

      • July 19th 2017 @ 3:22pm
        matth said | July 19th 2017 @ 3:22pm | ! Report

        Bennett got NZ a world cup win.
        Bennett got the extremely ordinary Newcastle side within one game of a grand final
        Bennett hasn’t yet coached the English at the World Cup.

        Where are the failures there?

    • July 15th 2017 @ 9:47am
      BrainsTrust said | July 15th 2017 @ 9:47am | ! Report

      Bennett will do anything for money but the best tactic would be to get Queensland to hire him again which would increase NSW chances rather than waste millions paying him to coach NSW to a loss.If you want to invest millions in Bennett the surer method to succeed is use that money for a winning bonus for the players.

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