Signing NRL Coaches To Long Term Deals Isn’t Always A Great Idea

No NRL club ever signs a coach thinking about the day they will have to sack him.

Then again with some of the deals NRL clubs have done recently, they might not have been thinking at all!

After guiding his Parramatta Eels team to a terrible 64-10 less, the Parramatta Eels re-signed Brad Arthur to a deal through to the end of the 2021 season. The Eels then promptly lost their next game to the North Queensland Cowboys by 17 to 10, and it must leave some Eels supporters wondering if Arthur is the man to take the Eels forward….especially considering he has a losing record at the club since taking over as full time coach in 2014. He’d have been a winner had be tried online pokies aus.

The St George/Illawarra Dragons are another team to lock up their long term coach with a much longer deal, with Paul McGregor locking in a long term deal with the club and then promptly taking the club to four straight losses. The Dragons 45 to 12 loss on the weekend to the Newcastle Knights was their worst of their season, and the club now finds itself outside the top 8 and looking terribly out of form.

The Gold Coast Titans meanwhile are committed to Garth Brennan who they have locked into a long term deal. After a poor 2018 season the Titan would have expected to have shown a bit of improvement heading into the 2019 season. Unfortunately for the club, the Titans sit in 15th position on the NRL ladder, looking worse than they did last season, and this despite the club having a number of handy players in their lineup. So much so that a number of very good betting websites expected them to shine in 2019.

Then we have the madness that ensued at the Penrith Panthers over the last 12 months, where the club sacked their coach Anthony Griffin as the club sat in 4th place on the ladder in 2018, and then pushed for then Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary to look to break his deal at that club. Cleary has been sacked by the Panthers and replaced by Griffin, and it all looked like a bit of a silly situation, and it all became even more messy as then Panthers General Manager looked to have a handshake deal with Wayne Bennett in late 2018 only to be overruled the clubs CEO as they locked in Ivan Cleary to a long term deal!

Have you managed to keep up through all of that?

It gets worse as the Panthers sit at the bottom of the NRL ladder right now, with just 2 wins from their 10 games and a very tough draw ahead of them. Its hard to say where the Panthers next win will be coming from.

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