Wests Tigers Training Session
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Tigers head coach Michael Maguire looks on during a Wests Tigers NRL training session at St. Luke's Park North on May 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Five NRL coaches will be looking to prove themselves in their new tenures in 2021 following five sackings last season.

The Broncos, Cowboys, Warriors, Dragons and Bulldogs all faced a changeover in the coaches box in 2020, with their cut-throat culture likely to face repetition throughout other clubs this year, with the best tips in 2021 available via the free bet calculator.

With the NRL season underway and many coaches already sweating on their futures, we take a look at the four coaches under the most pressure in 2021.

John Morris

The Sharks coach had a contract extension request denied by Cronulla last year, placing his position at the Shire under in great uncertainty and facing a make-or-break campaign in 2021.

With a 23-25 record since his appointment in 2019, the former Sharks rake hasn’t found his time in the coaches box all too successful, but has managed to take the club to successive top-eight finishes.

Cronulla Sharks Training Session
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 02: Sharks coach John Morris watches on during a Cronulla Sharks NRL training session at PointsBet Stadium on June 02, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

It certainly hasn’t been the smoothest of sailing since taking over from Shane Flanagan, but it remains to be seen just how much control Morris has over his playing squad.

A finals win will be a passing mark for the 40-year-old, with anything short likely to leave the Cronulla board facing a tough task.

Michael Maguire

The Wests coach has had enough time to implement the players and tactics required since Ivan Cleary’s departure to call this squad his own.

Unfortunately for the Tigers gaffer, he has been unable to snap the club’s extensive finals drought and has continued their contemporary tradition of losing key figures to rival clubs.

Wests Tigers coach Michael Maguire (Image: NRL.com)

An 11th-placed finish in 2020 was still enough for the board to hand the Concord coach a two-year extension in December, but history dictates that tenure could be short lived should the Tigers offer little to the fight for finals.

Brad Arthur

A 51% win record since arriving at the club in 2014 shows plenty of improvement for the blue and gold, however with their premiership drought only extended, Arthur’s time at the club is sure to be ticking.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 17: Eels head coach Brad Arthur (C) looks on during the round 23 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Parramatta Eels at AAMI Park on August 17, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Parramatta powerbrokers would throw Arthur a 10-year contract the day they end their 35-year title-less run, but as their faithful know, its no easy accomplishment.

Now in his eighth year at the club, should it be the same old story in September, the fuse might be at its end for the Eels coach.

Kevin Walters

Just how easy will it be for ‘Kevvie’ to turn around this sinking ship?

The early signs resonating from Red Hill aren’t too convincing, with the Broncos not opting to look into the open market and instead let veteran playmakers walk.

Brisbane Broncos Training Session
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 09: Coach Kevin Walters directs his players during a Brisbane Broncos NRL training session at Clive Berghofer Field on March 09, 2021 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

2020 was a train-wreck for Brisbane, as their claimed their first ever wooden spoon whilst having their season riddled with off-field indiscretions.

Despite the club already a dumpster-fire prior to Walters’ arrival, there looks to be immense pressure for a quick turnaround and recovery – with that attention weighted onto Walters’ shoulders.

2 COMMENTS

  1. We have to give Anthony Griffin a fair shake of the sauce bottle 38er. The Dragons traditionally are more patient than a lot of other NRL clubs with their coaches, as we saw with Mary McGregor.
    It should depend on how much or how little the team improves before any judgement is made on him.

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