during the round 20 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on July 25, 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand.

There have been a huge number of NRL coaches over the years and many lose their jobs and end up without a club to coach at. With many rumours of coaches leaving their current roles, we look at the 10 best former head coaches.


10. Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott is a coach with plenty of experience in the NRL. Elliott spent many years at both the Raiders and the Panthers and has shown he can manage a squad and succeed at the highest level.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 09: Warriors coach, Matthew Elliott looks on from the side lines during the round one NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the New Zealand Warriors at Pirtek Stadium on March 9, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)


  1. Sorry, but I can’t agree with Des being so high. I can’t take anything away from his success at Manly, but the dogs brought him in for one reason, ‘Win a comp’. The fact he didn’t manage to achieve that would knock him a spot or two in my book.

    • He is not a captain coach. He coached them to two grand finals. Its up to the players to take their one chance and throw every thing they had in them to bring home a premiership. He got those players two chances. The players bombed it not Hasler. He is sitting 100 metres away in the coaches box, not first receiver on the field.🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎱🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯🎯

    • Sony Bill Williams influenced our Roosters to emphasize the importance of doing the 1%ers. Maybe Hasler should of taken a leaf out of his playbook.

  2. This list is laughable. Half of the coaches on here (Elliott, Sheens, Hagan, Smith) are a joke and would send any club they went to backwards. Shocking list ZT, wake up

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