Posted: 1 August, 2012
by The Grill Team
Mark Geyer: Ricky Stuart Cannot Coach Parramatta Eels And NSW Origin At The Same Time
Ricky Stuart has been given the green light to coach the Parramatta Eels and the NSW Blues team at the same time. Triple M's Mark "MG" Geyer vehemently disagrees with this decision.
"I think history will prove that this job [NSW State Of Origin coach] is now it's own beast," Mark "MG" Geyer said on Triple M's Grill Team this morning.
"[Being] the State Of Origin coach takes so much out of the coach in question - you have to just look back at the past coaches. [Craig] Bellamy, who's often considered the best coach in the land... even he couldn't even get a result," Geyer continued.
"Ricky Stuart has gotten us that close... I can see where he's coming from, he thinks he's got unfinished business," Geyer ruminated.
"But, I think it's unfair on Parramatta if he does do it. I think he has to give his heart and soul to Parramatta for the next three years and, unfortunately, say goodbye to the NSW job," Geyer concluded.
Geyer's Triple M co-host, fellow NRL expert Matty Johns, disagrees - and says we have to put the dream of a New South Wales win ahead of the Eels' best interests.
"This is Parramatta's problem, there's no doubt about that. I'm really happy he's doing it, I think he should do it," Johns said.
"I feel like if we get rid of Ricky Stuart, I'm don't know who the next person is and we lose ground on Queensland," Johns continued, conceding Geyer does have a point in terms of the demands the dual coaching jobs will have on Stuart.
"MG's spot on - it's going to take a hell of a lot out of Ricky, and Parramatta have some obstacles to get over there, but mate, at the end of the day, that's their problem," Johns added.
"My suggestion, Matty, was a duo to [coach State Of Origin] - Laurie Daley and Brad Fittler," MG fired back.
"The current City and Country coaches are more than qualified at Origin level and their expertise, while very different, would be just the tonic needed to finally wrestle the mantle from big Mal and his marauding Maroons," Geyer wrote in his regular column for Rugby League Week.
"The NSW coach or coaches cannot be a club coach, and with 'Freddy' and 'Loz' both expressing a desire, why not give them a go?" Geyer added.
What do you think?