NSW coach Laurie Daley during State of Origin game three.
NSW coach Laurie Daley during State of Origin game three. DAVE HUNT

Laurie Daley responds to shock NSW axing

LAURIE Daley has been dumped as NSW Origin coach after just one series win from five attempts.

The NSWRL made the shock announcement that Daley will not have his contract extended via a statement on Friday afternoon.

The Blues board had been widely tipped to give Daley one more year in 2018, but will instead seek out a replacement to head up an "organisational overhaul and restructure".

Daley released a short statement two hours after Friday's announcement, declaring he understood the board's "results-driven" decision.

"I understand that the business is results-driven and I respect the decision of the board to go in another direction," Daley said in a NSWRL media release.

"I will always support New South Wales and I wish their team and their coach every success in the future."

With an extensive review of the team's pre-game camps to be undertaken, Daley's assistants John Cartwright and Matt Parish now also face uncertain futures, as will football manager Andrew Farrar.

Daley's adviser Peter Sterling is also no guarantee to continue with in his role after admitting a surprising level of criticism and scrutiny got to him in his first series involved with the Blues.

 

Blues players after losing the 2017 State of Origin series-decider at Suncorp Stadium.
Blues players after losing the 2017 State of Origin series-decider at Suncorp Stadium. DARREN ENGLAND

Also at the core of the "ongoing" NSWRL review announced a month ago are a number of dramas in the lead-up to Origin III.

Central to the fallout were the headlines around stars Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson breaking camp and drinking on a day off.

Daley also copped plenty for backing off his original plans to bench Andrew Fifita and start Bulldogs prop David Klemmer in the ill-fated game three outing.

Blues players had been vehement in their support of Daley being retained following the 22-6 defeat in the series decider, with skipper Boyd Cordner adamant blame lay with the playing group and not Daley or his staff.

"I love Loz as a coach. I don't think I've met a more passionate man who's worn the blue jersey. I think it's carbon-copied for him to have his job just with the emotion he shows," Cordner said in July.

"He wears his heart on his sleeve. A hundred per cent I want him to stay."

Daley finishes his Origin coaching career with six wins from 15 matches, his five-year stint trumped only by Phil Gould's 24-game tenure as the most successful mentor in Blues history.

Calls for Daley's head reached fever pitch following a comprehensive Origin III loss in July, consigning the Blues to another series defeat.

Back-to-back losses after a rare game one win at Suncorp Stadium sealed Daley's fate, though the former Raiders star had indicated he was willing to continue his tenure despite the mounting pressure on his position.

News Corp Australia


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