While speculation swirls about the future of NSW coach Laurie Daley, one key figure has publicly come out and backed the beleaguered coach: NSWRL chairperson George Peponis.
According to SMH, Peponis has stated that Daley “is the best bloke for the job“, but acknowledges that the decision is not his alone to make.
“I certainly hope it’s not his last Origin series,” Peponis said. “But it’s not just my call, it’s the board’s call, and the board will make the right decisions at the right time and that depends on what Laurie wants to do.”
“I can’t see any great need for any great changes. We’ll do what we do every year.”
(Not meaning to be overly critical, but when you’ve lost 11 of the past 12 series, why on earth would you want to do “the same thing you do every year”? The same thing they do every year is lose. Burying your head in the sand does nothing to help you improve, and treading water until Queensland gets worse is possibly the most negative strategy imaginable – and exactly what’s wrong with the Blues.)
In the meantime, Daley has said that he’s already told the playing group his plans for next year, and that he’ll publicly announce those intentions “in the next couple of weeks”.
There’s every possibility that Daley will step down (as has been widely speculated in the media), in which case it’s a moot point.
But it remains a possibility that Daley could choose to stay on, in which case it will fall to the board to decide whether they want a fresh approach, or if they’re happy to just keep waiting for the Maroons to become shit (and if Wednesday night was any indication, they might be waiting a while).