Former NRL head coach Geoff Toovey and dual international coach Michael Cheika are two other names that have recently been linked to the state's top coaching job, per Fox Sports
A former Blues player, Toovey also coached the Manly Sea Eagles between 2012 and 2015 after Des Hasler left the club. During his time at Manly, he accomplished a 58 per cent winning record and took the club to the 2013 Grand Final, nearly winning it.
Michael Cheika is a very left-field option considering he is known for his rugby union coaching career with the Waratahs and Australia. However, his passion for rugby league could be the tipping point the NSW Blues need to succeed.
The decision for a new NSW Blues head coach comes after Fittler has conceded three series defeats in four years, including back-to-back losses in the past two years. There has been no news on whether NSWRL is set to offer Fittler another contract after the conclusion of the 2023 State of Origin series.